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Bright House Networks Awarded Multi-Year Services Contract with Orange County Public Schools

Will Provide Managed Fiber Based Services to All Campuses

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ORLANDO, Fla.

Bright House Networks announced today it has been awarded a multi-year services contract with Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) for the implementation and project management of a managed high-speed fiber-based network infrastructure that will connect every campus to the Internet. Bright House Networks will supply services beginning July 1, 2012.

As part of the agreement, Bright House Networks will construct a robust, bandwidth rich, dedicated, private Metro Ethernet fiber network to connect all of Orange County Public Schools’ 218 separate site locations. Bright House Networks will provide all OCPS locations Metro Ethernet Transport and Dedicated Internet Access, Manager Routers, Managed Security, including firewall, content filtering and intrusion prevention, voice services over Sessions Internet Protocol (SIP), and WiFi service.

“Bright House Networks has one of the most reliable fiber network infrastructures available in the Central Florida area, and we are pleased to further expand our relationship with OCPS by providing a complete managed fiber-based network for all of their locations,” Kevin Hyman, national executive vice president, Cable Operations, Bright House Networks. “Our employees live and work in the communities that we serve, and we are committed to supporting Orange County Public Schools through this partnership, in addition to our existing student and community educational programs and sponsorships.”

Bright House Networks Business Solutions delivers advanced Voice, Video and Data services over a dedicated facilities-based network. Its fiber backbone incorporates multiple 10 Gbps Ethernet connections to accommodate even the heaviest bandwidth requirements. The company also provides 24x7x365 staffed customer service devoted to system monitoring and proactive notification.

“Orange County Public Schools continue to invest in technologies that will help us deliver the best education possible to our students. The Bright House Networks contract will provide us greater bandwidth capacity for schools and work sites, and afford more Internet resources for student instruction,” said Michael Eugene, chief operating officer at OCPS. “Plus we expect to realize almost two million dollars less expense annually, running on the Bright House facilities-based fiber network.”

More information is available about Bright House Networks Business Solutions at brighthouse.com/business.

About Orange County Public Schools

Orange County Public Schools is the 10th largest public school district in the nation, and the fourth largest in Florida. Its mission is to lead students to success with the support and involvement of families and the community.

Orange County Public Schools enrolls 181,000 students (K-12) whose families come from 212 countries and speak 160 different languages and dialects. The district graduation rate (within four years) is 80 percent. Orange County Public Schools also operates a network of career and technical centers for adult education.

About Bright House Networks

Bright House Networks is the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S. and the second largest in Florida, with technologically advanced systems located in five states including Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California.

Bright House Networks serves approximately 2.5 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data, home security and automation and voice services. The company also offers a strong portfolio of customizable, advanced business solutions for video, voice, data, cloud-based and managed services. The company is MEF-certified and also recently received the Cisco® Master Service Provider Certification under the Cisco Cloud and Managed Service Program, the first cable operator in the United States to achieve this designation. Bright House Networks also owns and operates exclusive, award-winning, local news and sports channels in its Florida markets. For more information about Bright House Networks, visit (www.brighthouse.com).

Further Information

Lorelie Johnson
407.210.3188
Lorelie.Johnson@mybrighthouse.com