2016 Annual Infrastructure Survey
CoSN is pleased to release the fourth annual Infrastructure Survey in partnership with AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and education researchers at MDR to assess the current state of broadband and technology infrastructure in U.S. school systems. The survey gathered insights from K-12 school administrators and technology directors nationwide, to assess key areas of concern for school districts, including affordability, network speed and capacity, reliability and competition, digital equity, security and cloud-based services.
The CoSN 2016 E-rate and Infrastructure Survey highlights the progress and the remaining challenges schools face in an effort to increase broadband connectivity and Wi-Fi in classrooms.
A few key findings:
- Today 68 percent of the school districts fully meet the minimum internet bandwidth recommendations set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in every one of their schools.
- 81 percent of respondents indicated that they were very confident or somewhat confident in their Wi-Fi, a significant improvement over previous years.
- Despite this progress, school leaders also reported that affordability remains the biggest barrier to establishing strong connectivity in schools and that digital equity is a major priority.