IT&E honored to be GDOE’s internet vendor; will work with mayors to distribute MiFis

IT&E CEO Jim Oehlerking (PNC photo)

Local telecom provider IT&E is honored to have been chosen by the Guam Department of Education to provide mobile wireless devices to GDOE’s students for distance learning.

In partnership with the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio administration, GDOE selected IT&E Guam to be the vendor for its Providing Access To Homes (PATH) program.

The PATH program provides support for students with limited access to internet and technological equipment.

Since hard-copy will be phased out by the end of the school year, this program will also allow students who are still in the hard-copy mode of learning to transition to online learning.

IT&E CEO Jim Oehlerking expressed gratitude for the company’s selection.

“We’ve been working very hard, mostly with all of the government agencies — education, health care, first responders — and so again this is a natural continuation of what we’re committed to do to help us all work through these challenging times,” Oehlerking said.

He added that IT&E will also be working with the Mayors’ Council to distribute the wireless Mifi devices.

“We’re coordinating with the mayors for the mayors’ office distribution and it’s starting in Sinajana next Wednesday. We’re making sure we’re well-coordinated between us and GDOE and what is the best way and the easiest way for the students and their parents to get the devices and to utilize the service,” Oehlerking said.

He added: “We’ve distributed thousands of these devices in the CNMI with the public schools so we have experience on the best way to handle any challenges and we’ve created a trouble ticketing portal where people can go online, list any problems they may be having, and we can respond via that. We also have a 24-hour call center-help desk that’s set up for answering questions and walking people though any set of challenges they may have.”

Starting next week, families that qualify for the PATH Program will be able to receive the 100% federally funded MiFi devices that supply 50GB of data per month.

The first distribution will be at the Sinajana Mayor’s office on April 7 from 4 – 8 pm