How to ensure home broadband access for every student

eSchool News

When the coronavirus pandemic forced students into remote learning this past spring, many telecommunications companies stepped up to offer free or deeply discounted home broadband access to families who couldn’t afford it.

The challenges of broadband access in rural schools

eSchool News

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. Related content: 7 broadband best practices. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Telecom companies often forget about rural areas because they don’t have high population density. But the obstacles aren’t just about location. In many cases, school leaders need to justify why the district should invest in the first place.

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. Recently, SETDA released State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success , which looks at the current state of broadband access and how states are supporting teachers and students. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

Don’t stop with broadband—build an infrastructure for supporting students

The Christensen Institute

Disparities in students’ access to home Wi-Fi have turned the “homework gap” into a far more serious “school” gap. In the meantime, everyone from local schools and major telecom companies to late-night hosts are trying to step in to improve students’ access to digital infrastructure.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Telecom companies often forget about rural areas because they don’t have high population density.

FCC Revokes Decision Allowing Companies to Provide Low-Income Families With Subsidized Broadband

Marketplace K-12

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

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

Edsurge

It provoked an outcry among education groups, who argued that the decision would be reduce home internet access for students in rural areas—thereby widening the homework gap. Broadband policy is dense, and many of the articles and statements on the subject are frankly hard to follow. Previously this band was only available to education institutions—known as the Educational Broadband Service, or EBS for short. radio, TV, mobile data, broadband.

Broadband For All

The Web20Classroom

Or when students go home they don''t have access to high speed Internet. I live in a pretty populated part of central North Carolina so access to high speed internet isn''t really a problem. The FCC recently unveiled the National Broadband Plan which aims to bring high-speed Internet into every home and school in the country. While reading about this plan I got into a conversation with a member of the Broadband For America Group. Broadband

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

I give the kids access to all the tools pretty much right off the bat,” said Eric Bredder, with a sweeping gesture taking in the computer workstations, 3-D printers, laser cutters and milling machines, plus a bevy of wood and metalworking tools that he uses while teaching computer science, engineering and design classes. But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls.

Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

The Web20Classroom

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. However, when students went home there was no way to guarantee they’d have any access to high-speed internet when they got there.

OPINION: Equity in online learning is about much more than technology access

The Hechinger Report

Debate about the fairness of online learning tends to revolve around technology access. And there are indeed sharp disparities in home access to computers and reliable broadband service. Courses must be designed so that content is easily accessible.

How Publicly Available Broadband Data Can Help Us Close the Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

These are critical questions, and we are committed to ensuring that when it comes to our work, the answers around our use of broadband data are clear. It is our core belief that with access to accurate, transparent data on broadband speeds and pricing, school district leaders are empowered to find new service options, make informed broadband choices, and get more bandwidth for their budgets.

A community broadband approach to closing the connectivity gap

Education Superhighway

Jojo Myers Campos is the state broadband development manager and has been working on the Nevada Connect Kids Initiative for the past two years. After years of research, Jojo and her team proposed solving the problem through community broadband upgrades – bringing together stakeholders across towns to build business cases for upgrades. What experiences led you to become passionate about expanding broadband access?

Net Neutrality Court Ruling Could Challenge Ed-Tech Companies Around Content Delivery

Marketplace K-12

The post Net Neutrality Court Ruling Could Challenge Ed-Tech Companies Around Content Delivery appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Broadband/Web Access Digital Content Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Net NeutralityA federal court ruling this week keeps the repeal of net neutrality in place, but paves the way for states to write their own regulations.

How a Local Telecommunications Company Helped Keep Students Connected for Remote Learning

Education Superhighway

Working with local school districts, Polar Communications delivered broadband to North Dakota students in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. They needed to equip students with the resources and support necessary to access their education from home.

After beefing up broadband, Kentucky upgrades web filtering

eSchool News

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. Now the state is partnering with Lightspeed Systems and will begin using that company’s Rocket Web Filter to provide on- and off-campus content filtering for 1,233 Kentucky schools (that’s every school in the state).

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

CUE

Birthplace of Apple, Facebook, and everyone’s favorite edtech company, Google. 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.

How North Dakota Bridged the COVID-19 Home Access Gap

Education Superhighway

percent of rural students have home Internet access to continue online instruction. In 1996, 14 rural telecommunications companies in North Dakota joined forces to create the Dakota Carrier Network (DCN), essentially a state fiber-optic network owned by a co-op.

Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated

EdTech Magazine

Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated. At the same time, major companies are recognizing the potential of a generation that will be looking for jobs as the market for jobs in these fields changes — and offers new options to workers and employers. . “It Increased STEM funding from private companies comes as Americans raise concerns over the attention science, technology, engineering and math classes get in the U.S.

The Challenges of Easy Data Access

edWeb.net

should be asked by all CIO’s, teachers, administrators and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy and interoperability. In a recent edWebinar , Dr. Larry Fruth, Executive Director and CEO of the Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, and Jena Draper, Founder and General Manager at CatchOn, discussed head on the challenges school districts face with data access and student privacy.

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HP Pledges to Invest in Tech to Enhance Education for 100 Million by 2025

EdTech Magazine

By Phil Goldstein Increasingly, tech companies, including Google and Microsoft, see improving internet access for the underserved as part of their corporate social responsibility. Access Points Classroom Digital Citizenship Digital Content Internet Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Wireless

Q&A: Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway, on the Home Access Gap

EdTech Magazine

Racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps are expected to widen because many of those students still lack essential access to devices and internet connections at home, preventing them from participating in remote learning activities largely delivered online. Many have teamed up with service providers, technology companies and nonprofit organizations to find cost-effective solutions to deliver laptops, mobile devices and broadband internet to those who need them

Federal Court Upholds FCC Net Neutrality, Says Broadband Is a Utility

Marketplace K-12

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.

Q&A: Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway, on the Home Access Gap

EdTech Magazine

Racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps are expected to widen because many of those students still lack essential access to devices and internet connections at home, preventing them from participating in remote learning activities largely delivered online. Many have teamed up with service providers, technology companies and nonprofit organizations to find cost-effective solutions to deliver laptops, mobile devices and broadband internet to those who need them

?A Fight for Internet Access Is Brewing in Alaska

Edsurge

GCI, a broadband provider in the state, is slated for purchase by Colorado-based Liberty Interactive in a deal that could amount to nearly $1 billion. Zach Fansler claimed that part of the TERRA project is government funded, but smaller telecoms providers might not be able to afford access to the fiber if GCI is bought out by Liberty. If you think your monthly internet bill is high, try $233,817.

Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

Leadership Lounge

An ongoing challenge for technology-focused K-12 schools is ensuring that all students have home Internet access. Schools have tried to identify adequate solutions to this problem at a critical moment when all students in school should have reliable home Internet access. In the end, however, without reliable Internet access at home, students’ limitations remain for meaningful online work.

Hotspots no silver bullet for rural remote learning

The Hechinger Report

Back in April, as schools across the country shifted to online instruction to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Scott Muri saw firsthand just how damaging lack of internet access can be for students and families. Related: Hundreds of thousands of students still can’t access online learning.

#FactFriday: 44.7M Students Have High-Speed Internet Access

ExcelinEd

Visit EducationSuperHighway.org to learn how your state can upgrade internet access in every public school classroom to empower more students to take advantage of the promise of digital learning. edWebinar 4/9 State Leadership for K12 Broadband Implementation @ENAconnects @Kajeet @mobilebeacon @SETDA [link] pic.twitter.com/XmL5wKfgZT. And telecommunications companies have mostly bought into the idea of providing schools with substantially more bandwidth for marginally more money.”

Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi

eSchool News

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. In some cases, a lack of internet access at home is financial in nature.

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

eSchool News

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 It’s cloud-based, so no one had access to their information or lessons,” says McCune.

OPINION: Five ways to achieve equity in remote learning

The Hechinger Report

One of the largest concerns, though, is equity — not just how we must fund solutions to address disparities in student access to digital devices and broadband Internet, but how students safely engage to drive learning. But access alone wasn’t enough.

Trump's Broadband Executive Orders Receive Mixed Reviews

Leadership Lounge

President Trump recently created two executive orders that aim to increase access and opportunities to rural communities by expanding and deploying broadband. ” The onus of implementation is left to the agencies: “Executive departments and agencies should seek to reduce barriers to capital investment, remove obstacles to broadband services, and more efficiently employ Government resources.”

Trump's Broadband Executive Orders Receive Mixed Reviews

Leadership Lounge

President Trump recently created two executive orders that aim to increase access and opportunities to rural communities by expanding and deploying broadband. ” The onus of implementation is left to the agencies: “Executive departments and agencies should seek to reduce barriers to capital investment, remove obstacles to broadband services, and more efficiently employ Government resources.”

Closing the homework gap for 1 million students

eSchool News

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. “Education is the foundation for our society to prosper, and the internet is an incredibly powerful tool for learning,” Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said in the company’s announcement Tuesday. IT Management McClatchy Networking & Broadband NewsSprint Corp.

Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

The Hechinger Report

And yet, reliable broadband is far from guaranteed in this region of towering plateaus, sagebrush valleys and steep canyons. Like much of rural America, Garfield County is on the wrong side of the “homework gap” — a stubborn disparity in at-home broadband that hinders millions of students’ access to the array of online learning, collaboration and research tools that are enjoyed by their better-connected peers.