7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

In places like Albemarle County, Virginia , school leaders have been developing a 4G Network to support their entire community, every day of the year, by 2020. Last year, I wrote the post, “ Can Companies Like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap?

The Past Decade Forecasts a New Wave of Economic Opportunity in Education

Edsurge

But computing power, device adoption, pervasive broadband and exponentially networked collaboration platforms of the past decade have already moved us to a world of information abundance. Distance reduction allow companies to compete worldwide.

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Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

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Instead, EducationSuperHighway is sunsetting because, well, that’s what Marwell always intended it to do—once the organization reached its expressed goal of connecting 99 percent of K-12 students to high-speed broadband. So seven years ago, knowing little about school broadband, he dove in.

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

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EducationSuperHighway wanted 99 percent of students to have that level of bandwidth by 2020. The early finish hasn’t changed the organization’s planned closing date of August 2020.

?New Report Spells Out How to Connect 6.5M Students in Schools Without Internet

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Mostly the report attributes the connectivity gains to E-rate modernization, which increased overall funding for school broadband projects and took steps to make it easier for schools to purchase fiber networks. The country’s schools are already two years ahead of connectivity benchmarks set by the FCC in 2014, which aimed to get every school connected by 2020. The digital divide is showing real signs of narrowing—but there are still 6.5

Marketplace trend update: 6 new products, teaching strategies, and learning initiatives

eSchool News

The short answer: It takes a lot, but companies and researchers are up to the challenge. The research followed a charter school management organization that co-designed technology with the nonprofit company Gooru. The need for high-speed broadband internet in every classroom in the U.S.

Need To Know: AI and Machine Learning

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Today, things are so advanced that there is unlimited growth potential with AI companies designed to support business like yours. In essence, AI is something that can be packaged up and purchased on a monthly basis, like your broadband or phone.

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Via Pacific Standard : “Why Is the FCC Considering Cutting Broadband Access for Students?” science and student exchange programs through the end of the current budget cycle in 2020.” ” I’ll be adding student loan company Quiklo to the ed-tech dead pool. The company, which sells subscriptions to boxes full of kids’ activitites, has raised $7.33 (National) Education Politics. RIP Net Neutrality.

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Via Wired : “ Ajit Pai ’s Plan Will Take Broadband Away From Poor People.” ” Oh sure sure, this isn’t exactly education technology news, except for the part where Khosla invests in education technology companies and his wife founded the open education organization CK–12. Via Buzzfeed : “ Teachers Unions Think 2020 Is When They Will Defeat The Charter School Democrats.” The test prep company has raised ~$8 million total.

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” (I’m including this here because all of these entities – Kushner’s family, the companies he received loans from – have education investments too.). Via Motherboard : “The FCC ’s New Broadband Map Paints an Irresponsibly Inaccurate Picture of American Broadband.” ” (Learndirect is a job training company that has a major contract with the UK government.).

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Via Education Week : “ FCC Delays, Denials Foil Rural Schools’ Broadband Plans.” No disclosure in this or its Class Central article that it shares investors with these MOOC companies.). From the Coursera blog : “Building India ’s Workforce for 2020.” the nation’s largest virtual charter school management company , as president of academics, policy, and schools. The debit card (for teens) company has raised $8.6

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Still in its early stages, this ambitious project relies on a little-known public resource – a slice of electromagnetic spectrum the federal government long ago set aside for schools – called the Educational Broadband Service (EBS). Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies.