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 collected data from K-12 school district administrators and technology leaders/ChiefTechnology Officers across the country. 


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.  

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.
  • The survey also shows increased reliability in Wi-Fi, which is now largely ubiquitous in high schools – only 6 percent lack Wi-Fi.
  • 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.

CoSN’s 2016 Annual E-rate and Infrastructure Survey was conducted in partnership with AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and MDR. 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. 


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