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

7 things supporting broadband best practices

eSchool News

State leadership can have a powerful impact on broadband best practices in K-12 schools–and a new report highlights success stories and strong policies supporting broadband connectivity. ” Key elements in broadband best practices.

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

Edsurge

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.

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. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

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.

The challenges of broadband access in rural schools

eSchool News

Related content: 7 broadband best practices. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Thus, the price tag for getting connectivity can be expensive–in fact, schools and some businesses may be the only places with reliable broadband access.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Even when broadband is available, many students don’t have access at home. They’ve opened up their doors to their neighbors for their own broadband needs.

Arkansas launches $13M school broadband upgrade

eSchool News

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.

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.

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.

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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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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Making Sense of Title I Funds

Kajeet

But technology—whether one-to-one device programs or filtered broadband Internet—isn’t cheap. Mobile Broadband

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 ?

What Can Title I Funding Be Used For

Kajeet

Mobile BroadbandYou did it. With hard work, ingenuity, and support from stakeholders in your school and community, you secured Title I funds that could possibly transform the way your K-12 students learn and thrive. Now comes a bigger question. What can Title I funds be used for?”

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

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).

School Bus Tech 101

Kajeet

Mobile Broadband Bus WiFi SmartBusEven a 39-minute bus ride – the average bus ride time according to a recent Kajeet survey – requires more than a physical bus, the driver, and students. Today’s school bus fleets have expanded to include technology as we drive into 2020.

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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.

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

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.

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