State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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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.

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 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?

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.

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

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.”.

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.

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

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.

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). Please also join this Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0

Trump touts rural broadband internet access in $1 trillion infrastructure plan

eSchool News

Rural communities’ broadband internet access has become a key part of President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure proposal, which would promote high-speed internet access across rural America, including schools, classrooms and libraries.

Keynote Panel Announced - Library 2.019 "Open Data" Mini-Conference - June 5th

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce the keynote panel for 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). Please also join this Library 2.0

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.

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.

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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Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Register now for our free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, " Libraries of the Future " on October 6th, and we'll send you the information on how to either attend the live sessions or watch the recordings afterwards. Be sure to also join the Library 2.0 public libraries.

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

Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're just over a week away from our free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, " Libraries of the Future " on October 6th! Be sure to also join the Library 2.0 Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 Steve Hargadon Library 2.0

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. Broadband equity. Broadband isn’t a luxury anymore,” she says.

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. 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.

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.

Why a Maryland CIO Created a Forum to Connect K-12 Students

Education Superhighway

In addition to celebrating school districts nationwide, this year our blog will feature a new Broadband Leaders series. Stay tuned for the next installment in our Broadband Leaders series, and feel free to connect with us on social media to celebrate K-12 connectivity leaders in your state.

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. Broadband and internet Featured on eSchool News internet Mobile and Handheld Technologies Top NewsA new program is helping students connect to devices and internet after the last bell.

Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide

Edsurge

Senate introduced a bill that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband access in communities that currently lack it. We believe this [bill] is important because it does go beyond the boxes and wires of broadband implementation, and really gets at building capacity.

Why E-rate expansion is a must for our schools

eSchool News

That’s why especially pleased when, recently, the Federal Communications Commission and the Universal Service and Administrative Company extended a crucial filing deadline related to the high-speed internet program in schools and libraries, commonly known as E-Rate.

Are librarians the key to a Future Ready school?

eSchool News

Michelle Luhtala , department chair of the New Canaan, CT, High School Library and a 2015 Library Journal Mover & Shaker , is a leader in helping teacher-librarians all around the country to become Future Ready. eClassroom News Policy School Administration School Libraries

Schools lend out mobile hotspots to get all students online

eSchool News

At Indian Trail High School and Academy in Kenosha, students can take the internet home with them using mobile Wi-Fi hotspots from the school library. internet IT Newsletter broadband digital divide hotspots kajeet wi-fiHotspots help bridge digital divide in Wisconsin.

FCC official apologizes for recent problems plaguing E-rate

FETC Converge

There is widespread agreement in the education community that the E-rate program provides critical support to schools and libraries and has changed to meet evolving technologies, but recent regulatory and procedural issues as a result of new rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission in 2014 are causing distress among applicants. More… Uncategorized broadband infrastructure E-Rate funding sources funds for learning

Most districts are doing nothing about the homework gap; a few are making a big difference

eSchool News

Strategies identified to address digital equity include: allowing computer labs access before and after school, working with the public library to provide community access and literacy programs, and partnering with community businesses to get their businesses online.

Librarians at the Forefront of “Future Ready”

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Michelle Luhtala , Department Chair of the New Canaan, CT, High School Library and a 2015 Library Journal Mover & Shaker , is a leader in helping teacher-librarians all around the country to become Future Ready.

Getting started: Your E-rate cheat sheet

eSchool News

The E-rate program helps schools and libraries access high-speed internet and telecommunications at prices that won’t break the bank. This generally means meeting the program’s definition of a school or library.

Major Telecom Sprint Pledges to Bring Web Connectivity to 1 Million Students

Marketplace K-12

families with children in school do not have home broadband access. Sprint says it will partner with nonprofits My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and EveryoneOn to recruit community organizations, including schools, libraries, and public housing authorities, to the program. Marketplace K-12 broadband businesses connected connectivity E-rate

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

eSchool News

Consider this gap: some 99 percent of K-12 public schools and libraries in some form or fashion (thanks in large part to the E-Rate program) yet 30 percent of Americans. Best Practices Blended Learning internet broadband classrooms e-rate home access home internet access schools wi-fi

7 things you need to know now about E-rate changes

eSchool News

This year, because there are funds available, we know that many schools and libraries are interested in submitting those requests — that’s the weakest link for them.”. Big E-rate changes mean schools must chart a new path.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

While broadband wasn’t a specific focus of the survey, Purcell said that the issue did arise frequently in focus groups. In rural areas where there is no broadband access, that isn’t the case.”. Clearly, broadband is a huge problem,” said Keith Krueger, CoSN CEO. By Heidi Moore.

"Open Data" Mini-Conference - June 5th - Session Detail Added

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We've added information on the accepted sessions for the 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). Please also join the Library 2.0

Funds For Learning Trends Report Reveals Demand for Reliable Internet

techlearning

The Federal Communications Commission soon will evaluate funding regulations for broadband internet in schools and libraries to consider how connectivity demands align with program utility and efficiency. Schools and libraries need dependable internet.

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. According to an April 2018 Department of Education report, 18 percent of 5- to 17-year old students in “remote rural” districts have no broadband access at home.

Moving Beyond Word Processing, Presenting, and Online Research

More Verbs

Maine is lucky in that we have both the Maine Learning Technology Initiative ( MLTI ) and NetworkMaine. Both have helped close the Digital Access Divide for Maine’s schools.