MCPS and Montgomery County Team Up to Upgrade District’s Network Capacity

April 23, 2021

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and Montgomery County recently expedited a planned upgrade of the district’s infrastructure to meet increased network bandwidth needs as students engage in both in-person and virtual learning. 

Much of MCPS’ internet equipment relies on Montgomery County’s fiber lines, which enable communications service delivery for all county agencies. The planned upgrade of the fiber lines was initially scheduled to begin in summer 2021 and expected to exceed 90 days; however, Montgomery County and MCPS worked collaboratively starting in late March to expedite network capacity upgrades in only 11 days.  

The upgrade has given schools more than 10 times the bandwidth that they had previously and has positioned the district to meet future internet connectivity and bandwidth demands over the coming decade.

“This partnership has provided far better internet service to our schools, classrooms and community,” said Pete Cevenini, MCPS Associate Superintendent of Technology and Innovation. “MCPS truly appreciates the willingness, time and efforts of the Montgomery County government on the success of this vital project.”

“Montgomery County Government understands that virtual and in-person learning are vital to keeping our K-12 students connected with their teachers and classmates,” said Montgomery County Chief Information Officer and Director of Technology Services Gail Roper. ”Our partnership with MCPS and our teams’ willingness and ability to ‘go the extra mile’ to make this happen in record time is a testament to our mutual commitment to our students, teachers, and staff.”

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