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Getting the Internet for All

by Laura Devaney

eSchool News

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New toolkit to help schools increase fiber connections, affordably

District technology leaders looking for guidance around how to leverage the expanded fiber connectivity opportunities in the E-rate program might find help in the form of a new toolkit from CoSN and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Sixty-eight percent of district technology officers in a recent CoSN survey said their school systems don’t have the bandwidth to meet connectivity needs, but the toolkit is an attempt to give those technology leaders guidance as they try and meet ever-increasing bandwidth demands.

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Need Better Connectivity? Get the Kit!

Ensuring connectivity for school systems, regardless of how remotely they may be located, is a high priority to ensure equitable education for all. The FTC’s E-rate program is an effort to provide assistance to these systems and now CoSN and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University have created a toolkit to provide additional assistance for districts attempting to address bandwidth challenges. Could your district benefit from the kit?

The answer may very well be “yes,” especially if your school is located in a rural area that is not well served currently. The kit offers options, ideas and case studies to consider. The timing is right as technology becomes not only increasingly prevalent, but increasingly necessary, to keep school systems—and students—up-to-date on trends that will impact their future employability.