CoSN broadband

Cost is still keeping districts from boosting broadband speeds

New CoSN report reveals that while many districts have high-speed access, funding issues keep others from achieving connectivity goals

Cost remains the biggest hurdle for schools trying to increase broadband connectivity speeds for students, according to CoSN’s 2017 Annual Infrastructure Survey.

The majority of school districts–85 percent, to be exact–meet the Federal Communications Commission’s short-term goal for broadband connectivity of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students, according to the survey.

The survey collected feedback from 445 large, small, urban, and rural school district leaders nationwide and examines the current state of technology infrastructure in U.S. K-12 districts.

More than half of the districts reported that none of their schools meet the FCC’s long-term broadband connectivity goal of 1 Gbps per 1,000 students, according to the survey.

Forty-seven percent indicated at least some schools are meeting the FCC’s long-term connectivity goal, with 16 percent of districts indicating they are achieving the long-term goal in every school.

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Laura Ascione

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