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Educating Arizona

As part of a statewide initiative to deliver Internet-based educational content and services to all 1,250 Arizona schools, Charlotte, N.C.-based LearningStation, Inc. has been selected as the primary partner and exclusive Application Service Provider (ASP) to Atlanta, Ga.-based Cox Communications Inc. .

The $27.9 million contract is considered one of the largest undertakings of its kind to date says Cox, as Arizona commits to using the ASP model for delivering educational software and productivity applications to the state's 850,000 students and 50,000 teachers

According to Robert Carter, Vice President and General Manager at Cox Business Services, a division of Cox Communications, LearningStation was selected as its ASP partner because of the quality of its educational software and productivity applications which include over 7,000 content titles, videos, and resources — 252 of which will be distributed.

"The technology provided by LearningStation will enable Arizona students to have a distinct advantage over those in other states. Students and teachers can access their work at anytime from anywhere through any device linked to the Internet," explains Dr. Philip Geiger, Executive Director of the Arizona School Facilities Board.

He continues: "Through the ASP model, Arizona will offer students and teachers access to programs and technologies that in other cases would cost over $59.00 per student/per year. The ASP delivery model reduces our cost down to $8.03 per student/per year."

Craig Larsen, CEO, LearningStation, Inc. says: "To have our ASP model selected and implemented in the nations first ever state-wide educational ASP project is a huge stride for the ASP industry. We find ourselves in a time where the education industry is perfectly suited for the rapid adoption of the ASP model."

Founded in 1997, LearningStation provides educators access on a rental/subscription basis to educational software and content through the Internet. The firm was recently awarded the ASPire Award by the ASP Consortium for Best Delivery in an ASP environment.