Eighty-eight percent of U.S. school districts have reached the minimum connectivity–100 kbps per student, as recommended by the Federal Communications Commission–to help students effectively use technology in the classroom.
The data comes from the second annual State of the States report from the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway, which analyzed 2016 FCC E-rate data representing 10,499 school districts and more than 38 million students.
According to the data, this mean that 88 percent of school districts–38 million students–are achieving the minimum connectivity goal.
Thirty-four governors across the U.S. took bipartisan action to upgrade their schools in 2016, with 5 states connecting 100 percent of their students to high-speed broadband.
“It’s really a tribute to the governors–they recognize that this is a foundational issue for their schools,” said Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway.
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