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Overcoming the top barrier to school connectivity

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
October 21st, 2014

As federal efforts to connect students to high-speed internet make headway, districts identify their top challenges

internet-connectivityFunding remains the largest and most-cited obstacle when it comes to updating schools’ infrastructure and installing high-speed broadband internet access, according to a survey from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

CoSN’s second annual E-rate and Infrastructure Survey, conducted with AASA and MDR, reveals that 58 percent of school districts said monthly recurring and ongoing expenses are their biggest barrier to connectivity.

In all, 60 percent of surveyed districts said funding is their biggest challenge when it comes to meeting the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) short-term goal of 100 Mbps/1,000 students.

(Next page: What the survey reveals about one-to-one readiness)