PWCS digital information pipeline to become five times larger with broadband upgrade
Posted on 12/22/2017
Broadband Upgrade

A new broadband upgrade is well under way in Prince William County Schools that will ultimately result in faster and easier access to the internet for everyone. When complete, the PWCS digital information pipeline will be five times larger, from 2 gigabytes to 10 gigabytes, expanding teaching, learning, and family engagement resources.  

For schools, the new broadband upgrade will mean:  

  • Faster connections
  • Higher quality media streaming
  • Greater Bring Your Own Device opportunities
  • More simultaneous connections
  • Fewer disruptions

Parents will also experience faster times in accessing and using the current Parent Portal.

Those schools with newer local area network equipment will see dramatic improvements because of the broadband upgrade. The remaining schools will experience the upgrade once older equipment is replaced.  Find each school's equipment replacement status here. 

The upgrade is to be completed early next year, with the migration from the current system beginning in November 2017. By early December, bandwidth had already doubled to 4GB. 

Occasional divisionwide internet outages will be a necessary inconvenience to complete the upgrade that will provide faster and easier access to the internet for all who work and learn in PWCS. Announcements and reminders will be sent to employees and parents before each planned outage.