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. ” Key elements in broadband best practices.

Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

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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

Report: Broadband access making ‘dramatic’ progress

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The data comes from the second annual State of the States report from the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which analyzed 2016 FCC E-rate data representing 10,499 school districts and more than 38 million students. Next page: Better broadband affordability).

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.

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

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“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

6 realities about district broadband connectivity

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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.

Report reveals surprising data about mobile broadband usage in schools

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A recent Mobile Beacon report analyzing mobile broadband usage by non-profit organizations, including schools, finds that schools utilizing Mobile Beacon’s 4G LTE internet service indicate that the ability to supplement and/or extend existing school networks is the greatest benefit of the service.

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

Doug Levin

On 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. To that end, and in the public interest, I am making the January 2017 E-rate Modernization Progress Report ( DOC-343099A1.pdf ) available on this site in its entirety. Blog Broadband Policy Research Insights ALA E-rate FCC

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Announcing the 2015 State of the States report on school broadband connectivity

Education Superhighway

Today we are excited to announce the release of our first annual 2015 State of the States report on Internet connectivity in America’s K-12 public schools. The report shows, in the last two years tremendous progress has been made, an additional 20 million students have been connected.

Kentucky deploys 480 Mbps broadband across state

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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.

Report maps out new broadband targets to meet rising demand

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By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® A recently released report by the State Educational Technology Directors Association reiterates high-speed broadband goals that were established in 2012, and introduces new benchmarks through SY 2020 that experts believe will help the K-12 sector keep pace with digital learning initiatives. More… Uncategorized digital learning high-speed broadband K-12 WAN recommendations wireless infrastructure

High Costs Block Broadband Inside and Outside of Schools

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

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. Scott Stringer These words echo with resonance as a report issued by New York City’s Comptroller Scott Stringer on Sunday notes efforts to wire middle schools (at the cost of hundreds of millions in city funds) has shown negligible results.

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. They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

3 barriers, 3 fixes for school broadband

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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

Report: State leaders use various methods to expand broadband

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By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily ® A new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association finds that state education technology leaders are using a variety of models and paths to provide high-speed broadband access for all LEAs and schools. State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity and Access was commissioned by SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action.

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.

Cost is still keeping districts from boosting broadband speeds

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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

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.

Funding Connectivity Through Community Partnerships

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The 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). Mobile Broadband SmartBus Ed Tech Inspiration

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

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CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) today released the findings from its 2018 K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report. The results show that school leaders place a high priority on cyber security and broadband / network capacity.

States cut in half the number of K-12 students lacking high-speed broadband

FETC Converge

A new report from EducationSuperHighway highlights K-12 broadband gains but says more work is needed to deliver digital tools to 11.6 42 governors are leading K-12 broadband upgrades that have helped halve the number of students lacking adequate access to digital learning tools in the past year, according to a new report. Uncategorized digital learning digital tools high-speed broadband internet conectivity report telecommunications

How Publicly Available Broadband Data Can Help Us Close the Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

These are critical questions, and we are committed to ensuring that when it comes to our work, the answers around our use of broadband data are clear. For school districts that lack adequate broadband, transparent, accurate data can be incredibly powerful.

Experts: Design broadband networks with tools that are ‘expandable, flexible’

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® State Educational Technology Directors Association encourages district leaders and IT directors to consider a flexible approach in designing broadband networks in order to meet growing learning demands. Such design is a key topic of SETDA’s recently updated The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning report.

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

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Ninety-two percent of school districts currently meet the FCC’s E-Rate Modernization Order of providing 100 Mbps (megabits per second) per 1,000 students for all of their schools, according to the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) 2018-2019 Annual Infrastructure Report.

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

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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.

2016 “State of the States” Report: Dramatic progress in connecting America’s K-12 students to high-speed broadband

Education Superhighway

Today marks the release of our second annual “State of the States” report on the state of broadband connectivity in the nation’s K-12 public schools. We’re happy to report that in the past year an additional 10.4 took bipartisan action to upgrade their schools in 2016 – with 5 states connecting 100 percent of their students to high-speed broadband. Not all school districts have access to affordable broadband.

Can K-12 districts really bring broadband to the community?

eSchool News

How K-12 school districts can help extend broadband access to their surrounding communities. When it comes to providing free broadband access, most communities are far more likely to consider their local coffee shop over their school district, but in reality such institutions can serve as the vital link between high-speed internet capabilities and those families and students who may not have such access at home. Driving the Need for Reliable Broadband.

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.

SETDA Urges FCC to Protect School Broadband Access

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On December 14, the Federal Communications Commission will vote, on a Declaratory Report and Order, and a second Order that together will eliminate the agency’s Net Neutrality regulations.

98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway today released its annual State of the States report highlighting the major progress that has been achieved to connect nearly every public school classroom to high-speed broadband. The fast-paced learning environment must not be slowed by insufficient broadband.”

New software supports safe internet use, reporting

eSchool News

Ensuring students can report any anxieties they might have is key to an effective safeguarding policy. IT Management IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband News Top NewsNetSupport launches new education safeguarding module for IT asset management solution, NetSupport DNA.

Redesigned Cloud Portal to Safeguard Student Internet Access

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Since 2016, there have been over 353 reported cyber incidents in K-12. Mobile Broadband Technology Insight SentinelThis number from K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center has increased by 20 since the last time we referenced the Cyber Incident Map.

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. Material from a press release was used in this report. Customizable filtering system to be installed in every school.

Funds For Learning Trends Report Reveals Demand for Reliable Internet

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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. Only 13 percent of applicants reported that they can presently afford backup internet.

Funds For Learning Trends Report Reveals Demand for Reliable Internet

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JUNE 26, 2018 - 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. Visit [link] to download the complete 2018 Trends Report.

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

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A federal report on students’ home access to digital learning resources is months late, and ed-tech groups say the delay is impeding efforts to close the homework gap.