Boston Public Library Secures E-Rate Funding; Selects One Communications for 31 Location MPLS Network
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Wide Area Network (WAN) Connects the Central Library and Its Branches to Help Advance Learning and Meet the Needs of the Boston Community BOSTON--(Business Wire)-- One Communications, the largest privately-held, multi-regional integrated telecommunications solutions provider in the United States, today announced that the Boston Public Library (BPL) has selected its OneSolutions MPLS VPN wide area networking (WAN) solution to connect the BPL central library, its offices, and 26 branch locations. Funded largely through E-Rate - a government subsidy program intended to help schools and libraries build and sustain modern networks and telecommunications services - the new data solution will help BPL continue to advance learning while more efficiently meeting the evolving needs of Boston and the surrounding communities. "The Internet and emerging technologies have had a substantial impact on libraries," said Mary Bender, Communications Manager at Boston Public Library. "Content has been digitized and is available in a wider range of formats including video, and resources such as rare books, photos, and research documents now have broader accessibility within the community and around the world." Henry Bernasconi, Acting Chief Technology Officer for the BPL, added, "Recent economic conditions have resurfaced the value of the public library to the community through public access computers, mobile Wi-Fi access, and free job search resources and tools. The new MPLS VPN network will enable us to provide better, higher speed access to the public to meet these needs." Boston Public Library is a Division of the City of Boston and is a Library of Last Recourse in the state of Massachusetts, serving as a central resource to help other libraries meet visitor needs. Founded in 1848, BPL was the first large free municipal library in the United States. With over 6.1 million books, the library boasts over 1.2 million rare books and manuscripts and a wealth of maps, musical scores, and prints. Over 2.2 million patrons visit BPL each year. Boston Public Library`s OneSolutions MPLS VPN network will replace its former T1 speed ATM network to provide higher bandwidth 5 Mbps connections between each branch and the central library. Branch locations will access BPL`s Integrated Library System, which manages library cards and the borrowing, reserving and return of books from and to the library, over the MPLS VPN network. The library`s facilities and systems help desk applications, online subscription databases, as well as a host of other library applications, will also be centrally managed and accessed over the network. "One Communications was selected for this critical network due to their competitive pricing and ability to meet our data networking needs," said Bernasconi. "Our history with their ATM network has been seamless - they`ve proven they are committed to providing exceptional service and are highly responsive when questions or issues arise." "We are excited to partner with the Boston Public Library to help them advance learning within the local community," said Steve Signoff, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at One Communications. "Our MPLS VPN solution provides BPL with an efficient, future-proof platform that can scale and evolve to meet the changing needs of their organization and its patrons." One Communications OneSolutions MPLS VPN offers a secure and flexible network-based WAN solution that supports multiple service types and any-to-any networking for companies needing to connect multiple locations. Easily integrated with other One Communications products and services, OneSolutions MPLS VPN enables converged voice and data while providing real-time prioritization for applications such as voice and video to ensure service quality. In addition, it delivers secure Internet and remote access capabilities. The solution is widely available across One Communications` regional service market, which includes 18 states from Maine to Wisconsin to West Virginia, plus the District of Columbia. About Boston Public Library For more than 150 years, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America with revolutionary ideas and famous firsts. Established in 1848, the BPL was the first publicly supported municipal library in America, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library and the first to have a children`s room. Today, the BPL boasts 26 neighborhood branches, free Internet access, two unique restaurants, an award-winning website www.bpl.org and an on-line store featuring reproductions of the BPL`s priceless photographs and artwork. Each year, the BPL hosts nearly 5000 programs, answers more than one million reference questions and serves millions of people in its National Historic Landmark McKim Building in Copley Square. All of its programs and exhibits are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning! About One Communications One Communications, with corporate headquarters in Burlington, MA and operational headquarters in Rochester, NY, is the largest privately-held, multi-regional integrated telecommunications solutions provider in the United States. With nearly 2000 employees and close to $800M in annual revenue, the company serves approximately 160,000 small and mid-sized business customers in 18 states across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Upper Midwest, plus the District of Columbia. Through its facilities-based IP network and customer-focused approach, One Communications delivers the right solutions at the right price to help companies communicate, save, and grow. To learn more, visit us at www.onecommunications.com. The One Communications logo is a registered trademark of One Communications Corp. One Communications Kelley Marko, 781-362-5909 or Boston Public Library Mary Bender, 617-859-2220 Copyright Business Wire 2009