School wi-fi and broadband connectivity are showing improvement, due largely to an increased investment from the federal E-rate program’s modernization, according to a new report from CoSN.
The results indicate strong improvements, but they also highlight areas where districts continue to struggle. They also underscore why school systems need strong networks and robust, affordable broadband access to fully leverage 21st century educational opportunities.
“One trend is clear: Learning is going digital. Improved wireless access and broadband connectivity means more schools are better able to meet the modern technology needs of students and teachers,” says Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “These strides demonstrate the impact of the E-Rate modernization, as well as state investments in rural broadband. Policymakers and local leaders should continue to make these infrastructure investments over the long run to support schools in every community.”
Here are a few key findings from the 2018 Annual Infrastructure Report, which surveyed districts of varying sizes:
1. The survey reveals that 69 percent of school system leaders are “very confident” in their wireless network’s ability to support one device per student.