YOU SAID IT
“The good question is, what will the province do if we don’t have all of the local governments (onboard).”
PORT HASTINGS — The Strait Regional School Board is looking to reduce its long distance phone bill by embracing VoIP (voice-over-Internet-protocol).
As a pilot project, voice communications at the board’s central office in Port Hastings will be carried through its data lines rather than traditional telephone lines by the end of March.
“ Voice-over-Internet is using the Internet, data lines, as your phone lines,” superintendent Jack Beaton said. “As a result, it is much more cost-efficient.”
The first phase of the project will occur at the board ’s Cemetery Road headquarters.
“It won’t affect the appearance of anything or how things operate, the same ... phone will be on my desk, the same number, and things like that, it’s just the way the infrastructure will be aligned,” Beaton said.
The next step would be to move VoIP out into schools, he added, which will being many more efficiencies for the board in long distance charges.
“If you’re familiar with things like Skype and the like, where you’re using those Internet resources to do the voice over, this is using that for your regular phone purposes,” he said. “ We’re just starting it here and hope to grow it out to something bigger so that we can realize some savings.”
High-speed Internet service is required to use VoIP. The Strait board has 25 school buildings in four counties, over a geographic area of 11,000 square kilometres.