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Fiber optic connections are the only technology that can scale to meet bandwidth needs. It is also the most cost-effective way to deliver high-speed connectivity. Districts with fiber connections have 75% lower costs and 9x more bandwidth. By 2018, 98% of schools will need fiber to meet digital learning connectivity targets. Yet today approximately 35% of schools do not have fiber.
Affordability is the number one barrier to schools acquiring the speeds necessary for digital learning. Schools with enough bandwidth for digital learning pay 1/3 the cost per megabit of those without sufficient connectivity. These schools also have Internet access budgets that are 4.5x larger per student than those on the wrong side of the digital divide.
Wireless technology allows for connectivity to reach all the way to students’ devices and enables the rich digital learning that can transform our education system. Today 40% of schools have no Wi-Fi in their classrooms and an additional 36% lack Wi-Fi capable of supporting 1:1 learning.