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Internet Connectivity Is Not a Guarantee

by Laura Devaney

eSchool News

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The 5 reasons schools don’t have better internet connectivity

School leaders said affordability remains the top barrier to robust internet connectivity in their schools, according to the Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) 3rd Annual Infrastructure Survey released November 3. Improving network speed and capacity and increasing competition for broadband services remain significant challenges to districts as well, the survey reveals.

Our take

Don’t Assume That Your Students Are Connected

If you’ve got it, you probably don’t think a lot about it–Internet connectivity that is. But CoSN’s Annual Infrastructure Survey reveals that connectivity remains an issue—and a barrier to learning–for some school systems. Cost is at the top of the list of the reasons why these gaps exist, followed by network speed and capacity, lack of competition, impact of E-rate changes and rising digital inequity. The situation is more dire off-campus. This report indicates that three out of four school systems don’t have any way of helping to connect students outside of school hours. What is the situation like for your school system?

Even if you have good connectivity and access on campus, don’t assume that all of your students have that same access when not in the classroom. A simple survey or poll can help you to assess the situation to ensure you’re not making inaccurate assumptions.