Wayne Township, N.J., saved more than $52,000 annually by consolidating its phone and Internet services/Illustration by Tom McKeith Wayne Township, N.J., saved more than $52,000 annually by consolidating its phone and Internet services Illustration by Tom McKeith

Wayne Township, N.J., turned the benefits its mayor found in a consolidation of his home Internet and phone services into a money-saving solution for the municipality.

"My theory was that if I could cut my bill in half at my house, perhaps we could utilize the same type of technology here at Town Hall and save money," said Mayor Chris Vergano.

He presented the idea at a township meeting and said he received skeptical looks from others in the room, but the Division of Information Technologies took the concept seriously. The division studied the idea and told Vergano that the township could save a bundle of money by consolidating its Internet and phone services. It turned out to be more than $52,000 annually.

"Anytime we can find new and creative ways to save money, we're willing to take a look at it," Vergano said, "and that's exactly what we did here."

The project began with an ordinary RFP, said Scott Pasternak, technology director of the township. He chose Optimum Lightpath to provide the consolidated service. The company already provided the township's Internet service, which eased the transition. "When we did our consolidation, we first tried to evaluate our existing vendors to minimize our financial impact by reutilizing our infrastructure," Pasternak said. "Optimum Lightpath did make some hardware changes, but there was no financial cash outlay to Wayne Township."


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Elaine Rundle  |  Staff Writer