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CallTower, Microsoft and Cisco Deliver Unified Communications with Full E-Rate Funding

June 30, 2010

CallTower recently announced that the Santa Clara Unified School District succeeded in securing E-Rate finances in order to acquire Call Tower's unified communications solution.

The solution is developed based on Microsoft and Cisco technologies. The deployment will facilitate the school district to make use of the best-of-breed solution to optimize the advantages that student, faculty and administrators get from the next generation communication environment. At the same time it enables district to cut expenses.
"The school district was looking for a better way to connect teachers and administrators to students and parents as well as enable distance learning; however, like many budget-challenged schools, it lacked the financial resources to make it a reality," said Bob Barnes, executive vice president of sales, marketing and business development of CallTower. "The district had a clear vision for an all IP communications model that would enable the entire school system to communicate more quickly, accurately and effectively. Together with Microsoft and Cisco we were able to take an innovative approach to packaging a program that would deliver all the benefits of unified communications with full E-Rate funding."
The objectives of federal E-Rate program are to offer telecommunications at a reduced price, Internet access and internal connections to schools and libraries that are eligible. It offers access to recent telecommunications and information services at reasonable cost.
The service links 24 schools of SCUSD by means of sophisticated IP phones and equipment from Cisco and software from Microsoft. Today, the teachers, students, parents and administrators of the district can communicate much more effectively by utilizing this facility. Moreover, the solution facilitates the district with distance learning using video, spread out its applications to mobile devices, and a lot more.
CallTower and Cisco are teaming up to provide a Priority 1 E-Rate Lunch and Learn educational roadshow in 26 U.S. cities in July and August 2010 to demonstrate the way school districts are benefited from hosted unified communications services. Districts are given alternative VoIP solutions under Priority 1 for the first time. CallTower's UCaaS enables districts to enhance technology via convergence without capital expenses by making use of Priority 1 E-Rate.

Carolyn John is a Contributor to unified communications. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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