Long-term Commitment Made to Improve Poplar Bluff District Network

Allen Minor of MOREnet recently surveyed the school bus garage and maintenance shed in an effort to incorporate the departments into the district’s network to improve Internet reliability and speed.


The R-I Board of Education made a prescient investment in technology infrastructure that will position Poplar Bluff Schools to have a reliable Internet connection as students create more intensive multi-media projects under the Digital Transformation.

During the monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Administrative Building, the school board unanimously approved MOREnet’s SEMO Fiber Project to build a direct connection to the University of Missouri’s network backbone at a reduced price due to a partnership with the Internet supplier and the E-Rate program, which offers schools discounted telecommunications services. MOREnet stands for Missouri Research and Education Network.

The project—to be under way during the first quarter of 2015—will dramatically increase the size of the district’s fiber infrastructure, allowing the school system to purchase additional Internet bandwidth, cutting the school’s fiber management fee by more than half, according to information R-I Chief Technology Officer Aaron Badgley supplied.