Students in America’s K-12 classrooms need access to sufficient bandwidth, scalable and affordable broadband infrastructure, and robust Wi-Fi to experience the benefits of digital learning, according to the most recent State of the States report from EducationSuperhighway, a leading nonprofit focused on upgrading internet access in every public school classroom in America.
The organization believes that digital learning has the potential to provide all students with equal access to educational opportunity and that every school requires high-speed broadband to make that opportunity a reality.
Some notable statistics from the report include:
40.7 million more students have high-speed Internet access than did in 2013.
98% of school districts can now take advantage of digital learning.
“We can finish the job of connecting all students to 100 kbps. Of the 2.3 million students left to connect, 1.9 million are in only 62 school districts.
“Since 2013, 94% of schools without scalable infrastructure have upgraded to fiber-optic connections. That’s 21,600 schools.
“Number of schools without fiber:
1,356 schools remain.
“With the support of E-rate and 23 state matching funds, most of these districts have a clear and affordable path to get their schools connected to fiber.