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99% of K-12 Have Scalable Connections

EducationSuperHighway (ESH), a nonprofit organization focused on upgrading the Internet access in every public school classroom in America, released its annual State of the States report highlighting progress of its mission. According to ESH, 99% of America’s schools now have high-speed Internet connections capable of providing enough bandwidth to enable their students and teachers to use technology in the classroom.
Highlights from the 2019 State of the States report include: 
  • The number of students who have access to broadband at the FCC’s original goal of 100kbps per student has increased from 4 million in 2013 to 46.3 million today.
  • The cost of Internet access for schools has declined 90 percent since 2013.
  • Since 2015, school districts have invested nearly $5 billion in K-12 Wi-Fi networks.
  • 99 percent of America’s K-12 public schools have the fiber-optic connections needed to meet future connectivity needs.
  • Over five years, eighty-one governors in all 50 states joined the effort to close the classroom connectivity gap.
The full report is available here.
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