Anytime, anywhere learning is a common vision for digital education. Yet, 5 million households with school-age children do not have high-speed Internet service at home.
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Washington, DC (October 16, 2013) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), in partnership with MDR (Market Data Retrieval), today released the final results of its first-ever E-rate and broadband survey on the challenges K-12 schools nationwide face with growing demand of digital learning environments. With more than 460 responses from 44 states, 43 percent of districts said none of their schools meet the broadband goal of 100Mbps of Internet access per 1,000 students today. The 100Mbps goal has been advocated by the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and the LEAD Commission Blueprint, as well as reinforced by President Obama’s ConnectED initiative.
The survey, which was conducted from August to September, seeks to inform critical choices the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should make in the coming months regarding the E-rate program.
“The survey documents the overwhelming need for investing in better school infrastructure, from broadband to wireless access to overall network design. This should be a wake-up call for the Federal Communications Commission to double the funding of the E-rate program and enable a digital learning environment for all students that meet the needs of today and tomorrow,” said Keith R. Krueger, CEO of CoSN.
Nearly one-third of those surveyed said they did not apply for some of the E-rate program’s funding due to anticipated shortfalls in funding. Bandwidth was identified as the most important priority for the E-rate program, followed by wireless in schools, as well as school Local Area Network (LAN) connectivity and district Wide Area Network (WAN) connectivity.
The results also revealed that average school network cannot support broadband due to poor and outdated internal connections / wiring, backbone in the school LAN and lack of sufficient wireless access points:
Other key survey findings include:
On September 16, 2013, CoSN released the preliminary key findings from this survey. Below are their final results with 469 districts responding (vs. previously 447). There was no substantial change from the preliminary key findings:
To read the full report, please visit: www.cosn.org/eratesurvey.
About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit www.cosn.org or call 866-267-08747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and events, advocacy and policy, membership and the CETL certification exam.