WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Connected Nation’s “The Connect K-12 program “released its report on the United States. school connectivity for the 2021 E-rate funding year, which includes findings on the country’s progress in meeting the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) bandwidth target of 1 Mbps per student.
Our goal is to help every school meet the FCC bandwidth goal so that digital teaching and learning is possible.
In partnership with Funds For Learning, Connected Nation has also renewed its ConnectK12.org website, which provides free Internet speed and pricing information to help state and school district leaders compare progress with their peers, identify potential broadband alternatives, and ultimately negotiate better deals for the services.
“Our goal is to help every school across the country meet the FCC’s bandwidth goal so that immersive digital teaching and learning opportunities are made possible in every classroom, every day,” said Emily Jordan, Connected Nation vice president for Connect K-12. “During the pandemic, we saw how important robust connectivity is to students and educators across our country. And, given the unprecedented level of state and federal investment in learning devices such as computers laptops and Chromebooks for student use, it is now more important than ever that state and school district leaders around the world strive to meet the 1 Mbps per student bandwidth goal in Canada. FCC so that poor connectivity is not a barrier to digital learning. ”
- 59% of nationwide school districts now meet or exceed 1 Mbps per student
- This represents a 25% increase over the number of districts that reached the target in 2020
- National median bandwidth per student exceeded 1 Mbps for the first time at 1.25 Mbps
- Median cost per megabit has fallen from $ 7.00 in 2015 to $ 1.39 today
- Unfortunately, 1,703 school districts in the United States still pay more than $ 5 per megabit, and 746 districts pay more than $ 10 per megabit.
“While these results are encouraging, there is still a lot of work to be done. Data shows that 27.6 million students in the United States still lack adequate speeds to effectively participate in digital learning activities in the classroom,” Jordan said. “The good news is there is an opportunity at present for 1,798 school districts (representing 12.1 million students) whose contracts expire to continue upgrades during the FY2022 E-rate funding cycle, which is currently underway. That’s the equivalent of 14% of all school districts nationwide, and they can all use Connect K-12 to make better purchasing decisions. “
It only takes seconds to access district or state level data on connectk12.org. Questions regarding the 2021 report, website, or the underlying data can be directed to Emily Jordan at [email protected]
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