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Report: Broadband access making ‘dramatic’ progress

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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 News

Including Adult Learners in the National Broadband Research Agenda

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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. Digital Promise partnered with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to write a response to the public call for comments to help frame the National Broadband Research Agenda.

K-12 Districts to Get Price Transparency on Broadband Rates With New Tool

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Compare & Connect K-12, a free website that allows educators to compare how much they pay for broadband services against neighboring districts' costs, was launched by EducationSuperhighway. Marketplace K-12 bandwidth broadband E-rate EducationSuperhighway price transparency

Kentucky deploys 480 Mbps broadband across state

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All state districts will have access to high-speed broadband connections. Counties across the state have worked to increase their broadband capacity as online assessments, video resources, and mobile devices have become more prevalent in schools.

New plan advocates gigabit broadband’s arrival in schools

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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.”.

Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

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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. Blog Broadband Equity E-rate FCC Rural schools

FCC approves $9 broadband subsidy for low-income households

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subsidy to broadband, wireless, or a bundled voice and internet package. internet IT Newsletter Policy broadband digital digital divide divide FCC grant help high-speed internet internet access million wireless

Idaho Schools Weathering a Broadband Crisis

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Frank Smith For a frightening two weeks in February, Idaho public schools were scrambling to secure their own broadband connections after a state judge pulled the plug on nearly 200 schools’ Internet service provider over a contract dispute.

How E-Rate 2.0 Helps Schools Afford Broadband and Wi-Fi

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Funding Leadership Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Wi-FiBy EdTech Staff What K–12 schools and districts need to know about changes to the E-Rate program.

After beefing up broadband, Kentucky upgrades web filtering

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Customizable filtering system to be installed in every school. Kentucy’s Department of Education is implementing a new content filtering system for all 173 K-12 school districts statewide, as a followup to a massive connectivity push that’s seeing faster internet in schools across the state.

3 barriers, 3 fixes for school broadband

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A new report urges state leaders to help all school districts access high-speed school broadband. Broadband affordability: Districts that do meet the 100 kpbs per student minimum pay an average cost of $5.07 Broadband and internet internet IT Newsletter News Top News

Arkansas Upgrades First District to High-Speed Broadband Network

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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.

2016 “State of the States” Report: Dramatic progress in connecting America’s K-12 students to high-speed broadband

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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. Broadband has become dramatically more affordable for schools, with the cost of Internet access falling 40 percent from $11.78 Not all school districts have access to affordable broadband.

Groups provide broadband to S.C. housing project

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Novatel Wireless, Kajeet launch pilot project for educational broadband access. Broadband and internet IT Management IT Newsletter News Top News

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

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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.

12 States Lead the Pack in the Nationwide School District Bandwidth Race

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Frank Smith Three challenges are holding back school districts from reaching broadband goals. Ethernet Funding Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Wi-Fi

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

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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 launches $13M school broadband upgrade

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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.

Ohio districts move to gigabit broadband

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Corporate program aims to leverage gigabit broadband speeds to boost personalized learning. Fifteen K-12 school districts in Ohio will receive ultra-fast gigabit broadband speeds in an effort to personalize instruction for students.

The Power of Transparency: Broadband pricing data helps Virginia school districts get more bandwidth

Education Superhighway

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.

Can K-12 districts really bring broadband to the community?

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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. Driving the Need for Reliable Broadband.

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

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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.

3 Google Fiber programs that could help ease the digital divide

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Google’s affordable broadband service is already impacting some communities and schools. percent of American households with school-age children currently have broadband access at home.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and EducationSuperHighway announce partnership to bring high-speed broadband to all Texas schools

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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. With billions of dollars in new FCC funding for K-12 broadband, governors and state leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to lead their schools into the 21st century.

What's the Future for Mobile Devices in the Classroom? [#Infographic]

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Classroom Digital Content Mobile Broadband Mobile Device Management MobilityFrank Smith Mobile devices are more prevalent in K–12 classrooms than ever.

5 infrastructure concerns for district technology leaders

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However, it remains clear that more work and investment are needed over the long run to address the digital equity challenge of today and provide robust broadband connectivity for all students in and outside of school,” said Keith Krueger, CoSN CEO.

Broadband is a human right

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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. Leeds Sugata Mitra #altc2011 broadband ALT-C Miguel Brechner

5 ways connected school buses are on the rise

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3, New Mexico Senator Tom Udall sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler asking the FCC to use its authority to help close the homework gap where students still need broadband access in order to complete homework assignments.

EducationSuperHighway joins New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, Department of Education Commissioner Virginia Barry to focus on expanding broadband to more schools

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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.

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Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

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A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. The report highlights the pivotal role state leaders and policymakers play in helping districts and schools implement high-speed broadband and wi-fi in schools.

What Net Neutrality Means for the Future of Education

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Bandwidth Management Funding Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Frank Smith Educators applaud the FCC’s move to maintain an open Internet.

The Road to K–12 Connectivity Begins with State Partnerships

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Frank Smith E-Rate reforms have made it a lot easier to provide broadband to rural schools, but there are still hurdles to overcome. Budgeting Funding Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Wireless

Dark fiber could be the future of school networking

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Dark fiber is helping some districts scale broadband for tomorrow, not today. Is it the future of networking?

Schools, Libraries Miss Out on Millions in E-Rate Funds

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Funding Management Mobile Broadband Mobility NetworkingBy Meg Conlan Nearly 30 states across the country failed to claim E-Rate funding for schools and libraries.

Innovative district expands access like never before using E-rate

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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 News

The top 10 school IT leader concerns

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Annual survey outlines broadband, instructional materials, student data privacy as top among school IT leaders’ concerns. Broadband and network capacity is school technology leaders’ top priority, according to the results of an annual IT leadership survey from CoSN.

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Why are rural schools still struggling with high-speed internet access?

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internet IT Management IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband NewsDespite federal and state progress expanding high-speed internet access to more schools across the nation, rural school districts are still playing catch-up.