These days, one of the most important factors to a successful education is the ability to connect to a reliable and efficient internet source.

Thanks to some recent grant money, Stillman College employees and students will have a major overhaul of their wireless internet infrastructure.

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According to a Stillman press release, the school received a $2.7 million grant from The National Telecommunications and Information Administration. It's said that Stillman will use the grant money to upgrade its fiber optic infrastructure to improve internet access, capacity, and performance.

Abe Harper, Chief Information Officer for Stillman College says that the current fiber network for Stillman was installed in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Harper said the fiber optic upgrades will begin in the summer and will be finished by the fall. The wireless network overhaul should be finished by the end of the year. Harper said that, while the true impact of the upgrades won’t be realized until all upgrades are finished, the campus community will notice improvements in speed and connectivity over the next 60 days, as the college will increase its bandwidth through Comcast and AT&T.

Stillman’s award is part of the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program, a $268 million grant program to Historically Black Colleges and Minority Serving Institutions for the installation of broadband internet access service and eligible equipment, and training of IT personnel.

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“This project is transformational – it’s really going to move Stillman forward,” said Dy. Cynthia Warrick, president of Stillman College. “Additionally, these upgrades will provide the much-needed support for our new cybersecurity and IT training center, dual-enrollment programs, and online programs, as well as our library and student initiatives.”

For more information on Stillman's $2.7 million grant click here. 

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