The network at the Forest City Regional School District contains a mixture of fiber optics and copper medium that support speeds of 10/100/1000 MBPS. The core of the network is based upon the Cisco Catalyst Family offering fiber optic speeds to centrally located switches. The network also contains a Cisco wireless network protocol throughout the campus. The District is connected to the NEPA WAN for both Internet and Internet 2 communications. MAGPI is our current Internet 2 provider. The District is also a member of PAIU.NET which is a state wide consortium which connects all schools, IUs, and other school related services. Currently we offer 50 MBPS for Internet Bandwidth through Verizon.
The District offers email accounts for all employees and students which can easily be accessed through any web browser. Each network user is able to utilize a network drive on our data-server to maintain records and files for school related work and activities. The network also provides means to work collaboratively for groups of students, faculty, staff, and administration.
To maintain CIPA (Children Internet Protection Act) compliance, Content Filtering is used for all points of Internet access. Maintaining compliance is important for our ERATE reimbursement which subsidies our cost of telephone, cell phone, web hosting, and Internet Access.
All user and database data is protected by network administered anti-virus software, hardware RAID technology, various firewall and filtering solutions, and a daily redundant backup.