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. Three further thoughts spurred by this terrific piece: That it costs more to provide robust broadband to rural communities seems to me an incontrovertible fact. Blog Broadband Equity E-rate FCC Rural schools

7 things supporting broadband best practices

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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. 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,” says SETDA’s incoming Executive Director, Candice Dodson.

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Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation

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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.

OPINION: How targeted federal action could finally chip away at the broadband racism faced by Black students

The Hechinger Report

Even after service providers launched discounts for broadband services during the pandemic — often targeting online learning — Black Americans across the South saw little change in their access to broadband services.

NTIA NOFO Prioritizes Broadband Affordability Gap and Connecting Unserved Households in MDUs

Education Superhighway

Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released three Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program ($42.5 We now need the regulatory frameworks that support and reflect this policy objective.

edFocus Policy Update | Summer Federal Funding Surge in DC

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Read the Policy Update from our July edFocus issue , written by Jon Bernstein, President of Bernstein Strategy Group. The post edFocus Policy Update | Summer Federal Funding Surge in DC appeared first on edWeb. edWeb Blog education policy federal funding

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

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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. Opponents of the measure say that it strikes a blow to rural broadband access, particularly for homes, and thus misses a crucial opportunity to help close the homework gap. radio, TV, mobile data, broadband.

FCC Rolling Out $1 Billion in Additional Funding for At-Home Internet Connectivity

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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

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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.

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.”.

Congress Debates New Stimulus, With Money for Education – and Potentially Broadband – In Mind

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The post Congress Debates New Stimulus, With Money for Education – and Potentially Broadband – In Mind appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Federal / State Policy Funding / Budgets Online / Virtual Learning

FCC approves $9 broadband subsidy for low-income households

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subsidy to broadband, wireless, or a bundled voice and internet package. “I think there are people who believe that broadband access is a luxury and not a necessity, and that’s no longer true, especially in education,” said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel in an interview earlier this month, shortly after addressing the pressing need for action in tackling the homework gap at CUE 2016 in Palm Springs.

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

Survey: Cyber Security, Broadband and Budget Key Concerns for School Tech Leaders

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The results show that school leaders place a high priority on cyber security and broadband / network capacity. Top findings from the report: Cyber security and broadband / network capacity are the top priorities for IT leaders. edtech Ed Tech Ticker Research Policy NewsCoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) today released the findings from its 2018 K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report.

The FCC’s $7 Billion Fund to Address the ‘Homework Gap’: 6 Key Issues to Watch

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Possible ‘Fraud, Theft, Waste, and Abuse’: Report Questions NYC School Broadband Spending

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Gamino, New York City’s Chief Technology Officer, in an interview with EdSurge earlier this month, noting his office’s desire to close the “homework gap” caused by lack of broadband connection in homes. Education Technology Government Policy“The baseline, fundamental technology barrier is just being connected,” said Miguel A.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

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In a July 2017 statement , FCC Chairman Ajit Pai designated August as Rural Broadband Month at the agency. Rural Broadband Month is a great opportunity to focus on the particular challenges of building sustainable broadband infrastructure in rural areas–infrastructure that addresses not only the digital needs of today’s students, but also the likelihood of much greater Internet use in the future. FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS.

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?

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

Doug Levin

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. The American Library Association rightly decried this act as censorship , designed to obscure the public record.

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Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

In a July 2017 statement , FCC Chairman Ajit Pai designated August as Rural Broadband Month at the agency. Rural Broadband Month is a great opportunity to focus on the particular challenges of building sustainable broadband infrastructure in rural areas–infrastructure that addresses not only the digital needs of today’s students, but also the likelihood of much greater Internet use in the future. FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS.

After beefing up broadband, Kentucky upgrades web filtering

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The filtering system lets schools target mobile and stationary devices with customizable policies and drill-down reporting. 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.

Kajeet Awards $550,000 To 22 Organizations for Purchasing Connectivity Solutions That Drive Digital Inclusion in Education

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To further the mission of closing the Digital Divide for students across the United States, each grant recipient will receive up to $25,000, which they may use for any combination of Kajeet Education Broadband solutions, including WiFi hotspots, school bus WiFi, LTE-embedded Chromebooks and routers.

Q&A: Looking to the Future of Classroom Tech with Tom Murray

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Classroom Curriculum Leadership Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Policies WirelessFrank Smith One of EdTech's 2015 Top 50 K–12 IT bloggers talks about the technologies that are creating sweeping changes in the industry.

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How a passion for policy helped an educator get more funding for technology in schools

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This broadband leader has always had a passion for policy – especially when it came to funding for technology in schools. Tech directors are putting themselves at a disadvantage if they do not stay in tune with policy conversations happening in their district. The more informed a technology director or leader can be about public policy and what is going on in their state capitol (most of their effort should be focused at the state level), the better.

The affordability gap is the biggest part of the digital divide

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Most of these households, he said, “have infrastructure available at their home but they just can’t afford to sign up for a broadband service.” Issues around broadband affordability disproportionately affect low-income, Black, and Latinx communities.

How the New Federal Emergency Aid Could Help Ed Tech and Connectivity

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A new federal stimulus legislation includes $7 billion in spending on K-12 broadband, aid that could lead to new district investments in technology and connectivity. Marketplace K-12 Coronavirus Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Federal / State Policy Funding / Budgets Online / Virtual Learning

Net neutrality gains FCC approval

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Vote ensures internet remains open, equally accessible through net neutrality policy. “There are three simple keys to our broadband future,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a statement. “Broadband networks must be fast. Broadband networks must be fair. Broadband networks must be open.” Broadband and internet IT Newsletter news sidebar Policy Top News

SETDA Applauds ConnectALL

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On March 9, 2016, President Obama unveiled the ConnectALL Initiative, which aims to ensure that all Americans, including low-income families, have broadband access to the. Digital Learning ED Equity of Access FCC Policy Statement broadband equity of accessread more.

To Improve Education, We Need to Look at the Last 50 Years, Not Just the Last 18 Months

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To evolve our education system and improve student outcomes for good, we need to reevaluate our policy-making decisions from the last 50-plus years—not just the last 18 months—while also looking forward to what students need to learn to be successful in the future.

5 education issues that should be on the presidential candidates’ radar

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public—and among those issues is K-12 education, from new laws and policy, equity and broadband internet access, to open educational resources. Curriculum Networking & Broadband News Policy Top NewsMany say the presidential candidates’ debates and discussions lack a focus on education—here are the issues the candidates should research. The presidential campaign and debates among candidates have shed light on the issues most important to the U.S.

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. 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.

Connecticut Gives Every Student a Computer and Home Internet to Close the Digital Divide

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Even before the pandemic, more than 25 million Americans lacked access to broadband internet. The broadband needs to follow the kid,” Casey says. “We Education Technology Diversity and Equity Policy & Government

New Law Nixing Broadband Privacy Protections Stirs K-12 Fears

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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.

Millions of Students Are Still Without WiFi and Tech—Why Haven’t Policymakers Stepped Up?

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It’s time for states to step up and realize that proper technology and WiFi connectivity are a must-have in public school districts, and that state policy is dangerously lagging behind. Education Technology Access and Affordability Policy & Government

FCC changes its rules, puts educational spectrum up for open auction

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In Albemarle County, Virginia, where school officials estimate up to 20 percent of students lack home broadband, radio towers rise above an apple orchard on Carters Mountain, outside Charlottesville. Some rural districts have started building their own broadband networks, and many others had hoped to follow their lead using a chunk of bandwidth long ago set aside by the federal government for educational purposes. Related: A school district is building a DIY broadband network.

Racial segregation is one reason some families have internet access and others don’t, new research finds

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Since before the pandemic, Benjamin Skinner has been researching broadband access and how lack of home internet impacts students’ ability to do online work. The policy, known as redlining, fueled racial segregation and long-term disinvestment in Black communities. “It’s

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

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Senate introduced a bill that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband access in communities that currently lack it. Nearly a dozen education organizations have endorsed the bill, including the American Library Association; the Consortium for School Networking; the International Society for Technology in Education; the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition and the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA).

What the FCC Should Do Now to Support America and Our Learners

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We are thankful for those who broadcast the news and the broadband providers that have opened their networks, lifted data caps and fees, and promised not to discontinue service. Millions of these students fall into the Homework Gap because they do not have broadband access at home.

Groups urge IES to release months-late report on student internet access

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The groups also point out that the study, which the Every Student Succeeds Act mandated be sent to Congress by June 2017, “will help policy makers identify the best ways to ensure all students can connect with broadband services and be on a path for success after graduation.” E-Rate Center E-Rate News ACT best broadband classroom Congress connectivity digital digital learning ed-tech Education graduation help internet internet access learning

Comments to the FCC on ACP Outreach & Enrollment Support

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Last year, Congress created the Affordable Connectivity Program, a new long-term, $14 billion programs, to replace the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB) in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Current ACP rules do not allow or support this broadband deployment strategy.