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Arkansas launches $13M school broadband upgrade

By Colin Wood, Government Technology
May 4th, 2015

States take critical look at broadband infrastructure and its capacity to support 21st-century learning

broadband-connectivityAs school broadband access becomes critical for student success, states are beginning to evaluate their broadband infrastructure to determine if upgrades and modernization are necessary.

Arkansas started investing in technology for its K-12 system in the early 1990s through the development of the Arkansas Public School Computer Network. The network linked schools together, but in 2015, broadband internet connectivity is lacking.

Recently elected Gov. Asa Hutchinson recognized a need for its students to get connected and the state is now launching an upgrade–totaling about $13 million annually–to its fiber infrastructure that will bolster education efforts and provide a stepping stone for further broadband development in the state.

Next page: Details about the broadband upgrade