Rural areas have been slow to connect to broadband. More public funding could speed things up

The Hechinger Report

But there is one essential that has always been scarce in this part of the country and that she couldn’t stock up on: Broadband access. Perry’s home isn’t wired for broadband access. The lack of broadband access effectively ended the 2019-20 school year in March of 2020.

Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation

edWeb.net

And, that makes access to adequate and reliable broadband even more important as the development of new technologies continues. Broadband’s Big Picture. Marc continues to advocate for and work with several other broadband initiatives in the state and with organizations like SETDA.

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New plan advocates gigabit broadband’s arrival in schools

eSchool News

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.”.

"Libraries as Community Anchors" - a Library 2.0 Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our third Library 2.021 mini-conference: " Libraries as Community Anchors ," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 21st, 2021. For many years, community members have looked to public libraries to provide baseline, public, computer and internet access.

OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible

The Hechinger Report

Sadly, though, the reality is that millions of Americans — in rural and urban areas alike, and including many underrepresented minorities — lack the reliable broadband connections needed to access postsecondary and K-12 education in a nation that remains in partial lockdown.

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.

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 the local public library helped one school district cope with Covid

The Hechinger Report

In Port Orford, Oregon, it’s a quick walk from the elementary and middle school building to the town library—the two buildings are right down the street from each other. Library partnership and community. One class with over 20 students, for example, was moved into the library.

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

EdTech Magazine

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

How Library Closures Hurt Adult Learners as Kids Doubled Down on Digital Reading

Edsurge

Library closures hit patrons hard—especially those who relied on them as their main internet source and used them to access online educational resources. adults lost their main source of internet access as libraries started to shut down in March 2020.

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. In places like Albemarle County, where school officials estimate up to 20 percent of students lack home broadband, all the latest education-technology tools meant to narrow opportunity and achievement gaps can widen them instead. They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

E-rate Works: Bringing Broadband to New Mexico Tribal Communities

Education Superhighway

Organized by AMERIND Critical Infrastructure Manager Kimball Sekaquaptewa, this fiber build project will ultimately help Native American students in these Pueblos access high-speed broadband and gain essential skills through the power of technology. We saw how increased broadband speeds in our schools can play a transformational role for education and set a new paradigm for Indian education.” The Vision: A high-speed broadband network for pueblo schools and libraries.

E-Rate coordinators risk losing funds for broadband projects

FETC Converge

The provision allows a state to provide eligible schools and libraries with funding for special construction charges to deploy broadband networks. More… Uncategorized broadband infrastructure broadband networks E-Rate telecommunications

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?

K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover

EdTech Magazine

K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover. Today’s school libraries are being reinvented. No longer just a haven for dusty books and stern shushes, the library is now a place for digital resources and makerspaces and flexible learning. The landscape of a K–12 library is changing with the times, and librarians oversee an important space for today’s modern learner. Student Feedback Can Be Helpful for Library Design.

Announcing October 21st Mini-Conference: "Libraries as Community Anchors"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our third Library 2.021 mini-conference: " Libraries as Community Anchors ," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 21st, 2021. For many years, community members have looked to public libraries to provide baseline, public, computer and internet access.

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

Edsurge

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.

EducationSuperHighway Applauds Historic Action by FCC to Connect All of America’s Students to High-Speed Broadband

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway applauds the Chairman and the Commissioners for ensuring that every school can connect to high-speed broadband, every classroom to Wi-Fi, and every student to a brighter, more connected future. Since 2012, EducationSuperHighway has worked closely with the White House, the Department of Education, the FCC, and numerous other partners to bring high-speed broadband to every classroom in America.

"Libraries as Community Anchors" Mini-Conference - Registrations and Call for Proposals Open

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our third Library 2.021 mini-conference: " Libraries as Community Anchors ," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 21st, 2021. For many years, community members have looked to public libraries to provide baseline, public, computer and internet access.

Call for Proposals Now Open - "Libraries as Community Anchors" Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our third Library 2.021 mini-conference: " Libraries as Community Anchors ," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 21st, 2021. For many years, community members have looked to public libraries to provide baseline, public, computer and internet access.

How Libraries Stretch Their Capabilities to Serve Kids During a Pandemic

MindShift

Hunter and her colleague Rachel Krumenacker at the Chattanooga Public Library in Chattanooga, Tennessee, had filmed the DIY craft on a Zoom call from their respective living rooms. The craft videos are part of the Chattanooga Public Libraries’ summer program for kids, called Make.

June 17th - Library 2.0 Mini-Conference on "Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries" - Speaker Listing

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce our second Library 2.020 mini-conference: " Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries ," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 17th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). and at the Library 2.0

5 school and library applicants weigh in on E-rate

eSchool News

Eighty-eight percent of surveyed applicants say more students and library patrons are online with faster connections because of E-rate funding. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to evaluate funding regulations for broadband internet in schools and libraries to consider how connectivity demands align with program utility and efficiency.

Archived: E?rate Modernization Progress Report (Jan 2017)

Doug Levin

The American Library Association rightly decried this act as censorship , designed to obscure the public record. Blog Broadband Policy Research Insights ALA E-rate FCCOn February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rescinded a report issued two weeks earlier that examined the progress of E‐rate since the modernization orders of 2014 were passed.

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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.

Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016

eSchool News

Libraries, connectivity, and more are big issues for IT professionals. Since it was established 18 years ago, the E-rate program has focused on connecting schools and libraries to the internet. Krueger, CEO at CoSN – the Consortium for School Networking , said the fact that the modernized E-rate hones in on broadband and more robust networks is a net positive for K-12 IT departments and their CTOs. Broadband equity. Broadband isn’t a luxury anymore,” she says.

Mini-Conference for Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries - Wednesday, June 17th #library20

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our second Library 2.020 mini-conference: " Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries ," will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 17th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). Please also join the Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0

Districts say E-rate is critical to their learning goals

eSchool News

In the midst of leadership changes in the White House and the FCC, as well as education budget cuts, ed-tech stakeholders have raised questions regarding the promise of the E-rate program to deliver safe and proper broadband connections to students in the U.S. According to initial feedback from Funds For Learning’s annual E-rate applicant survey, E-rate recipients continue to rely on E-rate funding to provide connectivity for schools and libraries across the nation.

Tomorrow, Wednesday June 17th - "Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries" Mini-Conference #library2020

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Tomorrow is our second Library 2.020 mini-conference! Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries ," will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 17th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). Please also join this Library 2.0

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. A new report from SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action focuses on K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity, state leadership for infrastructure, state broadband implementation highlights, and state advocacy for federal broadband support. K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity. State Broadband Implementation Highlights.

A Week From Today - Schedule Published for "Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries" Mini-Conference #library20 #smallruralindependent

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our second Library 2.020 mini-conference is just one week away! Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries ," will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 17th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). Please also join this Library 2.0

Announcing the Library 2.019 "Open Data" Mini-Conference - June 5th

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce our second Library 2.019 mini-conference: "Open Data," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 5th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). You’ll learn about tools you can implement in your own library and hear stories from libraries that have partnered with their local and state governments. Please also join this Library 2.0 Please register as a member of the Library 2.0

ISTE NEWS: Funds For Learning Releases 2019 E-rate Trends Report

techlearning

Results reveal that the E-rate program remains critical in establishing broadband connectivity for schools and libraries

Providing free wireless hotspots helps this district close the equity gap

eSchool News

This is the chasm between the homes with and those without access to quality broadband. In rural schools, the availability of internet access beyond school and home can be difficult to obtain, while students in urban areas often can poach access from libraries, open networks in the community, or nearby fast food restaurants. Broadband and internet Featured on eSchool News internet Mobile and Handheld Technologies Top News

FCC Votes 3-2 to Protect Net Neutrality, Prevent 'Fast Lanes'

Marketplace K-12

School and library officials applauded the FCC''s action, because they believe it prevents their institutions from being relegated to a "slow lane" of Internet service. Courts E-rate Net Neutrality broadband fcc federalcommunicationscommission netneutrality tomwheeler