Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

Doug Levin

Benjamin Herold of Education Week has put together a real cracker of a series on the challenges of ensuring school broadband access in rural communities – and how E-rate (pre- and post-modernization) is helping to address the situation. Three further thoughts spurred by this terrific piece: That it costs more to provide robust broadband to rural communities seems to me an incontrovertible fact. Blog Broadband Equity E-rate FCC Rural schools

EducationSuperHighway Applauds Historic Action by FCC to Connect All of America’s Students to High-Speed Broadband

Education Superhighway

SAN FRANCISCO — December 11, 2014 — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to approve Chairman Wheeler’s latest proposal to complete modernization of the 18-year-old federal E-rate program. EducationSuperHighway applauds the Chairman and the Commissioners for ensuring that every school can connect to high-speed broadband, every classroom to Wi-Fi, and every student to a brighter, more connected future.


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Arkansas Leads the Way in School Broadband

Education Superhighway

In 2014, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law his ambitious plan to make computer programming available in every high school across the state. In order to make this and other digital learning opportunities a reality for students, the state needed to increase broadband connectivity in classrooms. The post Arkansas Leads the Way in School Broadband appeared first on EducationSuperHighway.

Awareness, Assessment, and Access: Improving Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

” To help increase digital literacy awareness in underserved communities, Broadband Rhode Island , a partner with RIFLI, created a curriculum in 2011 for adult education teachers to promote digital literacy among adult learners. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) , one of Digital Promise’s Beacon Project communities , holds computer classes for adult English as a Second Language (ESL) students.

Virginia State Project: Initial data analysis highlights broadband opportunities for divisions

Education Superhighway

This past spring, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a partnership between the state of Virginia and EducationSuperHighway to work toward ensuring that all Virginia public schools have equal and affordable access to broadband technology. Virginia was one of two states that we selected to participate in a state broadband project in 2014. ” Interested in having your state participate in our 2015 state broadband projects?

Planning for your school district’s broadband budget

Education Superhighway

For example, the FCC set a minimum goal of 100 kbps of Internet bandwidth in 2014, which is now met by 98% of school districts. Our research has shown that school districts across the country pay vastly different prices for similar broadband services. Tools like EducationSuperHighway’s broadband price transparency website Compare & Connect K-12 can equip your team with data to negotiate better pricing. Digital learning is transforming education at an unprecedented pace.

Arkansas Upgrades First District to High-Speed Broadband Network

Education Superhighway

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. We are thrilled to have reached this milestone in Arkansas and we look forward to continuing our mission to connect all of America’s students to high-speed broadband by replicating this work with governors across the country.

E-rate Works: Bringing Broadband to New Mexico Tribal Communities

Education Superhighway

Organized by AMERIND Critical Infrastructure Manager Kimball Sekaquaptewa, this fiber build project will ultimately help Native American students in these Pueblos access high-speed broadband and gain essential skills through the power of technology. We saw how increased broadband speeds in our schools can play a transformational role for education and set a new paradigm for Indian education.” The Vision: A high-speed broadband network for pueblo schools and libraries.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update October 21st, 2014 In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Updates Partner Spotlight Partner Announcements Calendar of Events Deadlines Highlighted Recordings NMC Navigator Top Stories Conversations Updates GlobalEdCon 2014 - Call for Proposals Open Until November 1st. Our 2014 Keynote Schedule is nearly finalized, and we''re really excited to have this amazing group of speakers participate at our fifth annual conference.

Report maps out new broadband targets to meet rising demand

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® A recently released report by the State Educational Technology Directors Association reiterates high-speed broadband goals that were established in 2012, and introduces new benchmarks through SY 2020 that experts believe will help the K-12 sector keep pace with digital learning initiatives. Those goals were adopted as part of the E-Rate Modernization Order reform efforts in 2014.

What does the Net Neutrality Ruling Mean for Schools?

My Paperless Classroom

The argument from the court seems to be that if the customer does not like the access one broadband provider gives them, the customer is free to switch to another ISP. While this sounds good in theory, the truth is that there is not enough broadband coverage in many parts of the US to support this. So as educators we need to speak up for broadband access for all schools.

Free Tool Provides a Roadmap—Literally—For Faster, Cheaper Broadband in Schools


And today, the organization that helped Hering’s district reach its bandwidth goals released Compare & Connect K-12 , a new free tool that CEO Evan Marwell says will help provide high-speed broadband at lower costs for school leaders looking to amp up students’ digital access. “We 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.

Looking Inside the E-Rate Overhaul

EdTech Magazine

By Wylie Wong Changes made in 2014 are intended maximize spending, simplify administration and make sure that schools have affordable broadband. Budgeting Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Wireless

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

While broadband wasn’t a specific focus of the survey, Purcell said that the issue did arise frequently in focus groups. In rural areas where there is no broadband access, that isn’t the case.”. Without adequate broadband, of course, even the latest or most promising digital tools are useless. A 2013 E-rate and broadband survey of 469 school district technology leaders from 44 states by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) was discouraging. By Heidi Moore.

Proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Will Complete E-rate Modernization and Improve Connectivity for America’s Students

Education Superhighway

On November 17, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his plan to complete the modernization of the federal E-rate program, ensuring that all of America’s schools and libraries are connected to high-speed broadband within the next five years. But it was clear there was more work to do to bring affordable and scalable broadband to every school and library.

Dark fiber could be the future of school networking

eSchool News

Dark fiber is helping some districts scale broadband for tomorrow, not today. After taking steps to update and increase funding for the E-rate program in 2014, this year the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began allowing applicants to apply for discounts for dark fiber and self-provisioned fiber. Is it the future of networking?

Open Learning Opportunities for All Young People

Educator Innovator

When you’re a kid whose main point of access to the net is your mom’s smartphone, and your only broadband is at your school or library, it’s tough to make it through a series of Kahn Academy videos or a Udacity course on your own to become an awesome coder. This article was originally featured on BoingBoing.

Archived: E?rate Modernization Progress Report (Jan 2017)

Doug Levin

On February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rescinded a report issued two weeks earlier that examined the progress of E‐rate since the modernization orders of 2014 were passed. Blog Broadband Policy Research Insights ALA E-rate FCCThe American Library Association rightly decried this act as censorship , designed to obscure the public record.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update June 10th, 2014 Children want the same things we want. Tuesday, June 17th in Austin, TX CoSN - 2014 Texas CTO Clinic , The Texas CTO Clinic will bring together leaders from around the state (and beyond) to discuss crucial developments in education technology. Deadlines Future of Museums , July 24th, 2014 Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals will be accepted between now and July 21st for the Future of Museums conference.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

RSCON5 will take place July 11th - 13th, 2014 and will feature 60+ presentations, 2 plenaries, 10 keynotes, student presenters, and much more. Curating the Best Content for Learning , Spending on education technology is now in the tens of billions dollars as schools push for broadband, computer labs, and 1-to-1 tablets. Education Revolution Google+ Community 2014 MoonBots Challenge. George Bartan reminds us that the 2014 MoonBots Challenge is under way.

Lessons from Digital Learning Day

Educator Innovator

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced on DLD that the FCC will double its spending to $2 billion to connect schools and libraries to broadband over the next two years. As Wheeler pointed out , a 2013 national school speed test found 72 percent of schools—and nearly 40 million students—didn’t have access to the broadband speeds they needed. Technology can’t reach its full potential to enhance learning unless public policy keeps up with the need for equal access to broadband and devices.

Getting started: Your E-rate cheat sheet

eSchool News

At the end of 2014, the Federal Communications Commission voted to increase funding to the federal E-rate program by $1.5 Category Two services include Internal Connections, Managed Internal Broadband Services, and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections. Ancillary E-Rate News 2014 communications ConnectED devices e-rate Federal Communications Commission Funding high-speed internet internet internet access IT learning libraries need schools

The 5 reasons schools don’t have better internet connectivity

eSchool News

Improving network speed and capacity and increasing competition for broadband services remain significant challenges to districts as well, the survey reveals. While progress is happening, policymakers and educators will need to keep their eyes focused on continued investments in robust, reliable education networks with broadband access and wi-fi to enable digital learning and address issues of digital equity,” said Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN.

Innovative district expands access like never before using E-rate

eSchool News

The FCC’s historic E-rate modernization in 2014 paved the way for districts to expand their high-speed broadband and wi-fi and increase digital learning opportunities for students. Digital Learning and Tools e-rate Featured on eSchool News IT Management Networking & Broadband NewsThanks to a major funding refresh, one district found that it’s now possible to support its one-to-one initiative without scaling back access for other services or devices.

ED updates infrastructure guide to reflect school modernization efforts

FETC Converge

Education Department recently released Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning, an update to a 2014 infrastructure guide to aid schools and districts that are seeking to upgrade broadband connectivity and devices. More … Uncategorized broadband infrastructure digital learning E-Rate infrastructure guide tech tools for administratorsBy Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® The U.S.

Kajeet honors ‘Action Heroes’ closing the Homework Gap

eSchool News

The Homework Gap refers to the number of school-age children who don’t have broadband access at home and cannot complete their school assignments. Roughly 7-in-10 teachers assign homework requiring broadband access at home; however one-third of those students lack home internet access, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Digital Learning and Tools Mobile Learning Networking & Broadband News Top News

5 education issues that should be on the presidential candidates’ radar

eSchool News

public—and among those issues is K-12 education, from new laws and policy, equity and broadband internet access, to open educational resources. The Every Student Succeeds Act gives states the power to determine their own academic goals and measure progress toward those goals–a departure from NCLB, which aimed for 100 percent math and reading proficiency by 2014. Curriculum Networking & Broadband News Policy Top News

Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016

eSchool News

Now, the FCC’s Second E-rate Modernization Order (adopted December 2014) will address the connectivity gap — particularly in rural areas — maximize high-speed connectivity purchasing options, extend the program’s budget through 2019, and increase the E-rate funding cap to $3.9 Broadband equity. Broadband isn’t a luxury anymore,” she says. IT Management IT Newsletter Uncategorized broadband cto eRate library privacy Technology trends

Mobile use rises, but school wi-fi stagnates

eSchool News

In 2015, nearly 80 percent of surveyed elementary students reported using a tablet regularly compared with 66 percent in 2014. Nearly 70 percent of middle school students in the survey used a tablet regularly in 2015 compared to 58 percent in 2014. Similar to elementary students, the survey saw only an 8 percent increase in smartphone use for middle school students from 2014 to 2015 (from 58 percent to 66 percent).

New toolkit to help schools increase fiber connections, affordably

eSchool News

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2014 took major steps to update the E-rate program, including increasing its annual funding to $3.9 e-rate IT Management IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband NewsA CoSN resource aims to help school tech leaders navigate new E-rate rules allowing for the use of dark fiber.

Most districts are doing nothing about the homework gap; a few are making a big difference

eSchool News

In 2014, nearly 75 percent of school systems surveyed did not have any off-campus strategies for providing connectivity to students at home and after school. In Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District in North Carolina, students are playing a major role in igniting a community-wide effort to provide student access to both computers and broadband outside of the school day. internet IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband COSN digital equity homework gap k12 schools

FCC official apologizes for recent problems plaguing E-rate

FETC Converge

There is widespread agreement in the education community that the E-rate program provides critical support to schools and libraries and has changed to meet evolving technologies, but recent regulatory and procedural issues as a result of new rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission in 2014 are causing distress among applicants. More… Uncategorized broadband infrastructure E-Rate funding sources funds for learning

What happens when student hackers shut down a district’s internet?

eSchool News

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. internet IT Newsletter broadband ddos hackers internet accessDenial of service attacks can shut down internet access and leave IT teams powerless. When Jeff McCune noticed that his district’s 500 Mbps internet connection was full, he knew something was amiss.

The Pandemic Put the Pressure on School Technology Leaders. What Did They Learn?


More off-campus broadband access. Before the outbreak of COVID-19, about half of districts provided some off-campus broadband services to their students, helping connect them to the internet from their homes—most often through the use of mobile hotspots.

6 things to know about school internet needs

eSchool News

The ninth annual E-Rate Trends Report from Funds For Learning shows that the federal E-rate program is still critical in establishing broadband connectivity for schools and libraries. The 2014 E-rate update will expire in 2020, and stakeholders are urged to advocate for the program in order to ensure it can continue to serve schools and libraries.