Apogee Marks 15 Years of Growth with 100 Percent Renewal Rate

Year After Year, Renewals Prove Universities are Reaping Benefits of Outsourced ResNet

AUSTIN, TX – Nov 12, 2014 – After more than 15 years of successful deployments and accelerated growth, Apogee, higher education’s leading residential network (ResNet) provider, crosses another milestone as the company caps its fiscal year with a 100 percent service renewal rate. This success rate is a testament to the value proposition provided by outsourced ResNet services and by Apogee. Founded in 1998 to serve a handful of university partners, Apogee is today the largest ResNet provider with a broad higher education customer base spanning all 50 states. The company serves thousands of students from a diverse range of schools, from large public institutions to small private colleges.

With a track record for planning and deploying high-speed internet, comprehensive Wi-Fi and providing 24/7 support, Apogee has set the benchmark in the higher education industry for network services that are built around students and administrators’ needs now and in the future. Of the many universities that have recognized Apogee’s high level of innovation and value, Birmingham-Southern College, The College at Brockport (SUNY), University of Mary Washington, Tarleton State University and Upper Iowa University join their growing cohort as Apogee’s most recent university partner service renewals.

“Our exceptionally high contract renewal rate throughout our 15 years in the business is testament to our enduring commitment to excellent service,” said Chuck Brady, chief executive officer, Apogee. “We are pleased that our partner schools have continued to put their faith in us to provide unsurpassed access to the best in education and entertainment for their students.”

According to Anthony Hambey, Vice President of Information Technology, Birmingham-Southern College, “A reliable and robust residential network is the foundation on which true learning thrives. Bandwidth usage trends – such as the advent of video streaming apps and blended learning – will continue to evolve rapidly now and into the future. We are proud to have a proven and trusted partner in Apogee to help Birmingham-Southern navigate and stay ahead of the technological curve, to support us in creating budgetary and manpower efficiencies, and to reduce our capital risk. We look forward to continuing our strategic partnership with the Apogee team.”

About Apogee

Apogee is the largest, most innovative provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) in higher education. Partnering with Apogee for ResNet services allows colleges and universities to enhance their network infrastructure while offloading the growing volume of administrative responsibilities associated with managing a student network. This partnership allows IT, Business and Housing to focus on the mission-critical tasks of the university. Find out why nine out of 10 schools that outsource their ResNet choose Apogee at apogee.us.

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Ithaca College Expands Partnership with Apogee to Provide Campus-Wide Wi-Fi Service

Selects Proven Leader for Turn-Key Deployment of Next-Generation AC Wireless Network

ITHACA, NY – October 22, 2014 – Ithaca College today announced it has selected Apogee, higher education’s leading network provider, to deliver turn-key design and deployment of an advanced and comprehensive campus-wide wireless network to better serve its students, faculty and staff. Apogee, already Ithaca’s trusted ResNet partner for the school’s residence halls, has begun Wi-Fi deployment to the rest of campus, including 29 academic and administrative buildings.

With the most advanced technologies and the latest Wi-Fi standards in place, Ithaca College will be able to deliver seamless and reliable wireless coverage throughout its 670 acres; including high-density areas such as lecture halls, auditoriums and dining facilities. Full roaming support and higher bandwidth will also ensure that students and faculty enjoy uninterrupted internet access as they move about the campus or connect multiple devices at one time.

“To achieve our vision of fostering learning in a student-centered community, Ithaca College is committed to delivering a wireless network befitting a modern campus with speed and efficiency,” said Gerald Hector, Vice President for Finance and Administration. “By tapping into Apogee’s higher education wireless expertise, instead of handling this major overhaul in-house, we estimate saving three years of staff time. Additionally, we can now deliver the best Wi-Fi in higher education while providing an efficient solution at a reasonable price.”

Dramatic increases in usage and the number of Wi-Fi enabled devices brought to campus by faculty and staff are creating new demands outside the ResNet. In the past, students, faculty and staff have voiced concerns about spotty connectivity and dropped connections in academic and administrative areas. Students asked for the same Wi-Fi capabilities on the campus networks that they were already experiencing on the residential network, which is operated by Apogee.

“As higher education’s Wi-Fi leader, Apogee is pleased to collaborate with Ithaca College to provide a wireless experience that meets increasing student expectations,” said Chuck Brady, Apogee’s Chief Executive Officer. “Together, we will ensure that the network continues to support the applications needed for a 21st century education, and will ensure it seamlessly scales with exponential growth in devices and technological advances.”

About Ithaca College
From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for personal and professional success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the college is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 460 graduate students and offers over 100 degree programs in its schools of Business, Communications, Humanities and Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Performance, and Music.

About Apogee

Apogee is the largest, most innovative provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) in higher education. Partnering with Apogee for ResNet services allows colleges and universities to enhance their network infrastructure while offloading the growing volume of administrative responsibilities associated with managing a student network. This partnership allows IT, Business and Housing to focus on the mission-critical tasks of the university. Find out why nine out of ten schools that outsource their ResNet choose Apogee at apogee.us.

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Buffalo State Becomes Sixth SUNY Institution to Select Apogee for Outsourced ResNet

Offers Comprehensive Wi-Fi Connectivity for Student Residents Beginning Fall 2014

AUSTIN, TX, Buffalo, NY – October 7, 2014 – Apogee, higher education’s largest residential network (ResNet) provider, today announced its selection by SUNY Buffalo State, the largest comprehensive college in the State University of New York System, to provide and manage ResNet services for its on-campus student residents. Buffalo State joins five other SUNY schools in partnering with Apogee to provide students with the most advanced ResNet technologies and services available in higher education today.

Buffalo State’s new network will help support the school’s delivery of the best digital learning and entertainment experiences within a convenient, dynamic living environment. The availability of anytime-anywhere Internet access through Wi-Fi will undoubtedly enhance the resident experience, at a time when students have ever-growing expectations for round-the-clock connectivity.

“The student resident is at the heart of all we do,” said Kris Kaufman, director of housing, SUNY Buffalo State. “Keeping in mind our top priority to ensure student satisfaction and retention, we conducted a comprehensive review of many options. We ultimately chose Apogee because it is the unequivocal ResNet leader. The install was fantastic and seamless. Within a short summer, Buffalo State has a fully-deployed solution, was able to roll out comprehensive Wi-Fi and provide 24/7 support by chat, text, email and phone.”
Kick-starting the fall 2014 school year, Buffalo State will provide the following services to its student residents:

• Comprehensive Wi-Fi connectivity for the first time in all student rooms and community spaces, such as lobby areas, study rooms and laundry rooms
• Fast and reliable wired internet access
• Tiered bandwidth connectivity options for heavier users to purchase additional bandwidth
• Dedicated full-time Apogee coordinator to provide on-site student support
• Voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) phone services
• 24/7/365 troubleshooting and support by phone, email, chat and text

“Apogee proudly welcomes Buffalo State to our distinguished roster of SUNY partners,” said Chuck Brady, chief executive officer of Apogee. “Apogee’s successful track record within the SUNY system demonstrates our leadership in higher Ed ResNet and our strong belief that the student network is the backbone of enhanced productivity, innovation and learning. We look forward to working hand-in-hand with Buffalo State and our SUNY partners in setting the bar for student internet connectivity and resident satisfaction.”

About SUNY Buffalo State
Buffalo State, a State University of New York (SUNY) campus located in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village, offers degrees in the arts, education, the sciences, and professional studies. Each year, about 11,000 students choose Buffalo State for its broad array of high-quality and distinctive academic programs, diverse and creative environment, hands-on learning opportunities, affordable SUNY tuition, and location in the heart of Buffalo’s cultural corridor.
http://suny.buffalostate.edu/

About Apogee
Apogee is the largest, most innovative provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) in higher education. Partnering with Apogee for ResNet services allows colleges and universities to enhance their network infrastructure while offloading the growing volume of administrative responsibilities associated with managing a student network. This partnership allows IT, Business and Housing Officers to focus on the mission-critical tasks of the university. For more information about Apogee and its services, visit http://www.apogee.us.

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Apogee Appoints Multimedia Veteran to Lead Video Division

Bolsters ResNet Provider’s Leadership in Higher Education

AUSTIN, TX – September 4, 2014 – Apogee, higher education’s largest residential network (ResNet) provider, today announced the appointment of Mike Jones as the company’s vice president of video solutions. Jones leads strategy, sales, marketing and operations for Apogee’s video division. He also oversees all programming, including IPTV, and leads a team of higher ed specialists to deliver video content and services to Apogee’s nationwide footprint of college and university clients.

With two decades of multimedia content and delivery expertise under his belt, Jones will ensure that Apogee continues to lead the revolution in shaping and strengthening the delivery of content through multiple platforms and applications.

“The media landscape is shifting very rapidly. Students today are consuming video through multiple devices and schools’ networks are buckling under the weight of increased video traffic,” said Jones. “As a pioneer and proven leader in campus IPTV, Wi-Fi and broadband fiber delivery, Apogee is supporting a growing number of universities to transition their infrastructures to meet these needs. I’m proud to join an industry leader that’s dedicated to ensuring that our higher ed partners will not just meet demand, but stay ahead of the technological curve.”

According to Chuck Brady, chief executive officer, Apogee, “We are excited to welcome Mike Jones on board here at Apogee. Mike will help us to fully integrate video into our service offerings and also tailor solutions to meet the unique needs of higher education institutions. Today, nine out of 10 schools that outsource their ResNet choose Apogee as their provider. With Mike’s vision and capabilities, we will continue to provide unmatched service, responsiveness and accountability, while bolstering our leadership in higher ed video solutions and more.”

Prior to joining Apogee, Jones served as President at Clarkslyn Holdings, a media consulting firm; and before that as Associate General Manager, University of Arkansas Sport Properties, IMG College. Jones began his career with 12 years at the Walt Disney Company in both Dallas and Los Angeles, working inside ESPN and ABC in affiliate relations and multimedia sales.

About Apogee


Apogee is the largest, most innovative provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) in higher education. Partnering with Apogee for ResNet services allows colleges and universities to enhance their network infrastructure while offloading the growing volume of administrative responsibilities associated with managing a student network. This partnership allows IT, Business and Housing Officers to focus on the mission-critical tasks of the university. Find out why 9 out of ten schools that outsource their ResNet choose Apogee at apogee.us.

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham Selects Apogee to Boost Network Speeds and Wi-Fi for Five Residential Halls

AUSTIN, TX, Birmingham, ALAugust 12, 2014 – Apogee, higher education’s largest residential network (ResNet) provider, announced today that the company has been selected by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to provide residential networks for its five residential halls. Apogee will plan, install and roll out high-speed wired and Wi-Fi connectivity for UAB’s student residents living at its on-campus residential buildings.
UAB’s advanced network infrastructure incorporates the latest technologies to provide residents with internet connectivity that starts at a trailblazing 250 Mbps per resident, about 25 times faster than the average 10 Mbps broadband connection speed in American households today.
“Advanced networks are essential in the education environment,” said Carolyn Farley, director of Academic and Student Services. “We feel a real responsibility to give our students cutting edge technology so they can thrive in a community of scholars.”
UAB joins a fast growing roster of universities and colleges who have come to rely on Apogee to provide high-speed wired and Wi-Fi connectivity, and around-the-clock support for their technologically-savvy and bandwidth-hungry students. Apogee’s deep and specialized ResNet expertise in higher Ed equips the company with the unique ability to meet UAB’s high standards for technological leadership, and for a seamless installation plan and rollout.
In addition to higher levels of speed, performance and scalability, UAB’s new residential network also provides the following:

  • High-speed wireless and wired services.
  • Comprehensive and complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity covering all student rooms and community spaces, including study rooms, laundry rooms and lobby areas.
  • Tiered bandwidth connectivity options for heavier users to purchase additional bandwidth.
  • Dedicated full-time Apogee coordinator to provide on-site student support. The coordinator station will be prominently located at the Blazer Hall lobby.
  • 24/7/365 troubleshooting and support by phone, email, chat and text.
  • Ability to connect to print stations conveniently located in community spaces, such as residence hall lobbies.

“As higher education’s ResNet leader, Apogee is proud to provide UAB students with unprecedented access to a variety of network amenities,” said Chuck Brady, chief executive officer of Apogee. “We have found a shared vision and commitment in the UAB team, and are very much looking forward to a successful partnership as we work together to empower students to learn through technology.”

Apogee’s UAB student network went live in late July, several weeks ahead of August 25, the first day of UAB’s fall semester. To kick start student access to the new network, UAB Housing and Residence Life will provide new and current residents instructions via email, welcome packages and flyers.

About Apogee

Apogee is the largest, most innovative provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) in higher education. Partnering with Apogee for ResNet services allows colleges and universities to enhance their network infrastructure while offloading the growing volume of administrative responsibilities associated with managing a student network. This partnership allows IT to focus on the mission-critical tasks of the university, such as growing the enterprise network and facilitating the development and use of e-learning tools and content. For more information about Apogee and its services, visit www.apogee.us.

About University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

Known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center and the state of Alabama’s largest employer, with some 23,000 employees and an economic impact exceeding $5 billion annually on the state. The five pillars of UAB’s mission include education, research, patient care, community service and economic development. UAB: Knowledge that will change your world. Learn more at www.uab.edu.

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