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. Blog Broadband Equity E-rate FCC Rural schools

Free School Broadband Comparison Tool

techlearning

Updates to the school broadband comparison tool make finding what neighboring and similar school districts are paying for broadband services even easier.

Including Adult Learners in the National Broadband Research Agenda

Digital Promise

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.

6 realities about district broadband connectivity

eSchool News

School wi-fi and broadband connectivity are showing improvement, due largely to an increased investment from the federal E-rate program’s modernization, according to a new report from CoSN.

States, Schools Work Together to Bring Broadband to K–12 Districts

EdTech Magazine

States, Schools Work Together to Bring Broadband to K–12 Districts. Then the school began to run up against its 200-megabit-per-second broadband limit. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 10/04/2018 - 11:27.

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

EdTech Magazine

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.

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Idaho Schools Weathering a Broadband Crisis

EdTech Magazine

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.

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. What experiences led you to become passionate about expanding broadband access?

Planning for your school district’s broadband budget

Education Superhighway

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.

2019 Report Highlights Best Practices for Driving Broadband Connectivity and Access for Students

techlearning

“In order to provide personalized learning experiences for students to best prepare them for college and careers, and to compete in a global economy, all schools need access to reliable, high-speed broadband," said SETDA's incoming Executive Director, Candice Dodson

Report: Broadband access making ‘dramatic’ progress

eSchool News

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

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.

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.

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

Marketplace K-12

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

3G, 4G, 5G: What the Ever-Evolving Wireless Networks Mean for K-12 Education

Kajeet

Mobile Broadband Data and Trends

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Kentucky deploys 480 Mbps broadband across state

eSchool News

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.

National School Bus Safety Week

Kajeet

Mobile Broadband Bus WiFi SmartBusThis blog was originally written on October 16, 2017. Did you know the third full week of October is National School Bus Safety Week ?

Funding Connectivity Through Community Partnerships

Kajeet

Mobile Broadband SmartBus Ed Tech InspirationThe number one challenge facing K-12 IT leadership for planning and implementing technology enabled environments is budget constraints and a lack of resources, reports the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN).

High Costs Block Broadband Inside and Outside of Schools

EdTech Magazine

By David Hutchins CoSN report highlights the challenges preventing districts from ensuring digital equity. Budgeting Funding Investment Management Networking

Broadband For All

The Web20Classroom

Over the weekend I was traveling through rural southern Virginia and Tennessee and saw signs encouraging law makers to consider legislation "encouraging" providers to expand broadband networks and heard a story out of southern Kentucky about students in distance learning programs were struggling because of the lack of access to high-speed Internet. The FCC recently unveiled the National Broadband Plan which aims to bring high-speed Internet into every home and school in the country.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

How 2 states are making school broadband a priority

eSchool News

As digital tools play an increasingly larger role in learning, states are targeting school broadband access for all students. Working with state leaders is a key factor in pushing these school broadband partnerships to success, said EducationSuperHighway founder and CEO Evan Marwell.

Announcing the Kajeet Connect Suite: Reliable Internet Access Moves onto K-12 Campuses

Kajeet

Kajeet is excited to announce a new suite of products, Kajeet Connect, bringing our Education Broadband™ expertise onto school grounds. Mobile Broadband Technology Insight

3 barriers, 3 fixes for school broadband

eSchool News

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

CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns

EdTech Magazine

CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns. Cybersecurity and broadband/network capacity are tied for the top priorities for IT leaders in 2018, while budget constraints were marked as one of the most pressing challenges for a fourth straight year. Data-driven instruction and decision-making broke into the top three this year, joining broadband and network security, which jumped one place to the top spot, and cybersecurity, which jumped two spots to become No.

How to Turn Your School Bus Fleet into Next Generation Connected Buses

Kajeet

Mobile Broadband Technology Insight Bus WiFi SmartBusToday’s school buses are more than just vehicles to transport students. They are mobile classrooms where students can continue to learn, get a jump start on homework, or study for tests.

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Ohio districts move to gigabit broadband

eSchool News

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.

Kajeet: Overcoming the K–12 Digital Divide with Education Broadband

EdTech Magazine

By Chad A. Stevens, Ph.D. Kajeet's modular, wireless solution is a refreshing alternative to overcoming K-12 infrastructure woes. Classroom Mobility Networking Wi-Fi Wireless

Groups provide broadband to S.C. housing project

eSchool News

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

Cost is still keeping districts from boosting broadband speeds

eSchool News

Cost remains the biggest hurdle for schools trying to increase broadband connectivity speeds for students, according to CoSN’s 2017 Annual Infrastructure Survey. Next page: A positive trend in broadband costs. IT Management Networking & Broadband News

The Internet of Things in K-12

Kajeet

Mobile Broadband Technology Insight Data and TrendsFrom smart toys and clothing to smart homes and cities, the Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly becoming integrated into all aspects of our lives, and its influence and reach are only going to keep expanding.

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.

Personalized learning, broadband equity in rural areas fraught with hurdles

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® At the State Educational Technology Directors Association 2017 Leadership Summit, a number of E-rate coordinators and technology directors agreed that rural schools are falling behind their more urban and suburban counterparts in providing broadband access and personalized learning to K-12 students. More … Uncategorized broadband infrastructure high-speed broadband Internet access personalized learning

Broadband is a human right

Learning with 'e's

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

New GPS Feature: Locate Your Kajeet SmartBus

Kajeet

Mobile Broadband Bus WiFi SmartBusKajeet is proud to announce the newest feature to our SmartBus™ solution , Global Positioning System, or GPS for short.

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New Law Nixing Broadband Privacy Protections Stirs K-12 Fears

Marketplace K-12

The post New Law Nixing Broadband Privacy Protections Stirs K-12 Fears appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 broadband Data Privacy FCC Federal Policy internet service providersA new signed by President Trump that scales back privacy regulations on internet service providers could undermine safeguards for K-12 schools, critics say.

The Changing Role of the Bus Driver

Kajeet

Mobile Broadband Data and Trends Bus WiFiSchool buses transport an estimated 26 million students each day , according to the American School Bus Council.

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

FCC approves $9 broadband subsidy for low-income households

eSchool News

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Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report

Edthena

Earlier this month, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released their report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. The post Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report appeared first on the Edthena blog.