Report: Broadband access making ‘dramatic’ progress
JANUARY 19, 2017
took bipartisan action to upgrade their schools in 2016, with 5 states connecting 100 percent of their students to high-speed broadband. “It’s Next page: Better broadband affordability). Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband NewsEighty-eight percent of U.S. Thirty-four governors across the U.S.
Including Adult Learners in the National Broadband Research Agenda
NOVEMBER 8, 2016
Despite the promise of technology to improve access to learning opportunities for underserved adult learners, the adoption and use of technology for and by these learners is nascent. A critical step to realizing the full potential of technology for underserved adult learners, and by extension their families, involves looking more deeply into equity of access as well as why this population often has underutilized available broadband technology. Our goal was to be sure the issues of technology adoption and use by this population were critical components of the Agenda.
Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home
OCTOBER 7, 2016
When I was an Instructional Technology Director one of the challenges I faced was working to ensure that students, no matter where they lived in my district, had access to the same tools and opportunities. I could provide technology that could be used in the schools, and provided high speed network access while they were in schools. Internet Access SamsungWhat can be done?
Kentucky deploys 480 Mbps broadband across state
SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
All state districts will have access to high-speed broadband connections. All 173 districts in Kentucky will have access to high-speed, fiber-based connectivity of more than 480 Megabits per second thanks to a partnership between the state department of education and AT&T. Broadband and internet Digital Learning and Tools IT Newsletter News Top News
New plan advocates gigabit broadband’s arrival in schools
JULY 19, 2016
Connecting our nation’s schools, libraries, health clinics and other community anchor institutions (CAIs) to next generation high-speed broadband is an important national priority. In an effort to provide federal, state and local leaders with policy options to ensure that all anchor institutions have high-speed connections to the internet, the SHLB Coalition today is releasing “ Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Action Plan.”. Successful broadband adoption programs come from the bottom up, not the top down. Executive Director of SHLB.
Why are rural schools still struggling with high-speed internet access?
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
Despite federal and state progress expanding high-speed internet access to more schools across the nation, rural school districts are still playing catch-up. But to be competitive and succeed in college and the workforce, students need high-speed internet access to use digital learning resources and digital tools. internet IT Management IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband News
FCC approves $9 broadband subsidy for low-income households
MARCH 31, 2016
A recently-approved expansion of an FCC program will grant millions of low-income households a discount on internet access in an effort to help close what is becoming known as the digital divide — the lack of reliable high-speed internet access for lower income families. subsidy to broadband, wireless, or a bundled voice and internet package.
After beefing up broadband, Kentucky upgrades web filtering
DECEMBER 1, 2015
Recently, Kentucky made headlines when it announced that, thanks to a partnership with AT&T, it would be providing schools with access to high-speed, fiber-based connectivity of more than 480 Megabits per second—the first state in the nation to promise such speeds. We are proud to be part of their successful mission to make safe online access available to every K-12 student.”.
3 barriers, 3 fixes for school broadband
NOVEMBER 24, 2015
A new report urges state leaders to help all school districts access high-speed school broadband. Nationwide, 23 percent of school districts still do not meet the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) minimum school broadband access goal of 100 kbps per student, according to a state-by-state broadband connectivity report from the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway.
FCC Revokes Decision Allowing Companies to Provide Low-Income Families With Subsidized Broadband
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
The FCC has halted a policy that would allow some companies to provide subsidized broadband to low-income households, with the agency's new chair saying he wants to ensure the program is free of waste, first. The post FCC Revokes Decision Allowing Companies to Provide Low-Income Families With Subsidized Broadband appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Broadband/Web Access business Federal Communications Commission (FCC
Arkansas Upgrades First District to High-Speed Broadband Network
JULY 20, 2015
EducationSuperHighway partnered with the Arkansas Governor’s office and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) in August 2014 toward the goal of connecting all Arkansas students to high-speed broadband for digital learning. The post Arkansas Upgrades First District to High-Speed Broadband Network appeared first on EducationSuperHighway
Districts boost students’ home internet access
MARCH 9, 2015
Wireless provider Kajeet and IT solution provider CDW-G have partnered on the Kajeet Education Broadband program in order to ensure that students have the home internet access necessary to complete homework and research assignments. While 99 percent of schools in America have internet connection, the number of students with internet access at home is much lower.
U.S. expanding internet access to 200k low-income kids
JULY 22, 2015
New program would help low-income households connect to internet access and devices. A new program to connect low-income households in public housing with internet access and internet-capable devices announced July 15 will aim particularly at children and include training to help program participants maximize their use of the new devices and technology.
2016 “State of the States” Report: Dramatic progress in connecting America’s K-12 students to high-speed broadband
JANUARY 12, 2017
Today marks the release of our second annual “State of the States” report on the state of broadband connectivity in the nation’s K-12 public schools. took bipartisan action to upgrade their schools in 2016 – with 5 states connecting 100 percent of their students to high-speed broadband. By giving school districts more bandwidth for their budgets and extending their networks to underserved schools, service providers have made broadband significantly more affordable and accessible across the country. Not all school districts have access to affordable broadband.
Groups provide broadband to S.C. housing project
APRIL 28, 2015
Novatel Wireless, Kajeet launch pilot project for educational broadband access. Seven in 10 teachers assign homework that requires high-speed internet access, and yet, on average, only 30 percent of students can access the internet at home, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Broadband and internet IT Management IT Newsletter News Top News
Free Tool Provides a Roadmap—Literally—For Faster, Cheaper Broadband in Schools
NOVEMBER 15, 2016
As iPads, laptops and other learning gadgets increasingly make their way into K-12 schools, there’s one resource that more than 21 million students still lack access to in the United States: high-speed internet. “We After some quick research, Hering came across EducationSuperHighway , a non-profit dedicated to bringing internet access to every public classroom in America. We spent a lot of time thinking about how we can improve the affordability [of broadband service for schools],” said Marwell, who was dubbed Visionary of the Year in 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi
FEBRUARY 10, 2016
Ensuring wi-fi access at home or on the school bus is a top priority for a district still planning its one-to-one. Put simply, asking a fifth-grade student to watch an instructional video before the next day’s flipped classroom science lesson will fall on deaf ears if the child doesn’t have access to the internet at home. Little Falls Central School District in Little Falls, N.Y.,
SETDA Applauds ConnectALL
MARCH 10, 2016
On March 9, 2016, President Obama unveiled the ConnectALL Initiative, which aims to ensure that all Americans, including low-income families, have broadband access to the. Digital Learning ED Equity of Access FCC Policy Statement broadband equity of accessread more.
The Power of Transparency: Broadband pricing data helps Virginia school districts get more bandwidth
JULY 10, 2015
In our work over the past three years to understand and analyze school broadband connectivity and costs, we have discovered high variance in the prices that school districts in different areas of the country—and even within the same state and county—pay for Internet access.
Arkansas launches $13M school broadband upgrade
MAY 3, 2015
States take critical look at broadband infrastructure and its capacity to support 21st-century learning. As school broadband access becomes critical for student success, states are beginning to evaluate their broadband infrastructure to determine if upgrades and modernization are necessary. Next page: Details about the broadband upgrade. Recently elected Gov.
Can K-12 districts really bring broadband to the community?
MAY 12, 2015
How K-12 school districts can help extend broadband access to their surrounding communities. When it comes to providing free broadband access, most communities are far more likely to consider their local coffee shop over their school district, but in reality such institutions can serve as the vital link between high-speed internet capabilities and those families and students who may not have such access at home. And while many Americans do have high-speed broadband at home, such capabilities are not ubiquitous. Driving the Need for Reliable Broadband.
What happens when student hackers shut down a district’s internet?
MARCH 16, 2016
Denial of service attacks can shut down internet access and leave IT teams powerless. The hackers cut off the entire district’s internet access for four hours at a time and then repeated the process 10 more times over the following six weeks during the fall of 2014. In the CUSD’s case, the entire district was without internet access. “If Charles, Ill. Service, denied.
Revamped E-Rate Program Is ‘Custom Built’ for Connectivity
OCTOBER 3, 2016
Hayes Experts offer tips on how to maximize funds for robust broadband and wireless networks. Access Points Bandwidth Management Networking Wide Area Networks WirelessBy Heather B.
Access to equity in education is more critical than ever for the next administration
The Hechinger Report
NOVEMBER 17, 2016
Although the divide between the haves and the have-nots in this country has been widening for years, the 2016 presidential race and, in particular, the surprising victory by Donald Trump underscored the growing discontent caused by unequal access to the American Dream. Fourth, it’s connected with broadband and devices. Rita’s Catholic School in New Orleans, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015.
3 Google Fiber programs that could help ease the digital divide
MAY 11, 2016
Google’s affordable broadband service is already impacting some communities and schools. The latest Digital Equity report from the Consortium of School Networking paints a rosy picture of an educational environment where students have generally good access to high-speed wi-fi while in school. According to The Pew Research Center, 82.5 In some U.S. Salt Lake City; and Austin.
Federal Court Upholds FCC Net Neutrality, Says Broadband Is a Utility
JUNE 14, 2016
In a 2-1 ruling announced Tuesday, a United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit panel upheld the FCC’s decision to treat broadband internet as a utility, thereby opening the service to heavier regulation. Telecommunications companies like Verizon and Comcast had argued that the provision of broadband is an information service, and that the agency’s regulations are unduly burdensome and raise Constitutional questions. By Leo Doran. Big content providers like Netflix, by contrast, are celebrating the ruling.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott and EducationSuperHighway announce partnership to bring high-speed broadband to all Texas schools
MARCH 18, 2016
Working closely with the Governor’s Office, Texas Education Agency, Education Service Centers, and service providers across the state, we will start our work in Texas by creating an action plan to bring affordable, high-speed broadband to all school district s. At the same time, our network experts will begin working with the nearly 1,000 schools that currently lack access to high-speed fiber to help them attain fiber connections that are scalable and affordable. Questions on our work in Texas? Contact Hillary Baker at email@example.com.
5 ways connected school buses are on the rise
NOVEMBER 7, 2016
School bus wi-fi also is viewed as a way to close the persistent homework gap that occurs when students have internet access during school, but lack it at home. Digital Learning and Tools IT Management Mobile Learning Networking & Broadband NewsThe trend is growing. On Oct. Specifically, Sen. Next page: Five examples of school bus wi-fi programs.
EducationSuperHighway joins New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, Department of Education Commissioner Virginia Barry to focus on expanding broadband to more schools
SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
EducationSuperHighway was honored to join together with New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and New Hampshire Department of Education Commissioner Virginia Barry this week at an event at the Ellis School in Fremont to highlight the work being done in the Granite State towards expanding broadband to more schools in every community. Improving access to high speed Internet will throw the doors to a 21 st century education wide open for the 423 students who go to school here. The Initiative involves multiple agencies working together to increase connectivity at New Hampshire schools.
Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected
APRIL 7, 2016
A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. A new report from SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action focuses on K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity, state leadership for infrastructure, state broadband implementation highlights, and state advocacy for federal broadband support.
Students’ Lack of Home Internet Access Becomes Priority for District Tech Leaders
FEBRUARY 19, 2016
The Consortium for School Networking, or CoSN, issued a plan of action this week that aims to prod district leaders to at least gather data on personal student broadband access. The report, which calls the matter an issue of “civil rights,” indicated that 75 percent of school district leaders have no data on their students’ Internet access outside of school, while 70 percent of teachers nationally report assigning homework that requires access. to repurpose the Educational Broadband Service spectrum. By guest blogger Leo Doran.
Rural New Mexico school district upgrades to fiber; gives students greater access to digital learning
MARCH 7, 2017
As a result of the fiber upgrade, teachers in Jal are now able to offer their students full access to digital learning. Click here to learn more about EducationSuperHighway’s free broadband upgrade consulting program. The post Rural New Mexico school district upgrades to fiber; gives students greater access to digital learning appeared first on EducationSuperHighway Located in the rural southeast corner of New Mexico near the Texas border, Jal Public Schools struggled with slow copper T-1 connections to support the Internet needs of their nearly 500 students.
Broadband is a human right
Learning with 'e's
SEPTEMBER 6, 2011
Clearly very passionate about his cause, Brechner argued that not only should is access to broadband absolutely essential for education, in today's connected world, it should also be considered a human right. Broadband is a human right by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 of which more in later posts from ALT-C 2011.
Governor Mead announces Wyoming Classroom Connectivity Initiative to improve Wi-Fi access in schools
OCTOBER 11, 2016
Last week at the Wyoming Broadband Summit in Cheyenne, Governor Matt Mead announced the Wyoming Classroom Connectivity Initiative , aimed at helping to improve Wi-Fi access in K-12 classrooms across the state. Wyoming ranks first in the nation in classroom broadband connectivity, with 100% of school districts meeting the Federal Communications Commission’s 100 kbps per student bandwidth goal for digital learning. Because of our efforts, Wyoming leads the nation in classroom broadband connectivity with nearly all districts connected to our lightning-fast statewide network.
Districts Expand Their Wi-Fi Footprints
MARCH 25, 2016
Access Points Bandwidth Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Wi-Fi Wide Area NetworksBy Karen J. Bannan Wi-Fi becomes a necessity as more school districts log on for learning. .
The Problem With Expecting Student Access
AUGUST 28, 2016
This wide variety of lifestyle, income, and infrastructure can get in the way of student access to learning or our assessment of our students. and engage in deeper thinking during the school day, when they have access to their peers and their teachers. A surprising number of families still don’t have computers or access to the internet at home. Can this child think deeply?
Closing the homework gap for 1 million students
JANUARY 16, 2017
plans to give away 1 million smartphones and other connected devices and free wireless service to help high school students who don’t have internet access at home. IT Management McClatchy Networking & Broadband NewsSprint Corp. The program, called the 1Million Project, will connect 200,000 students per year over five years.