Since our founding in 2012, we have been singularly focused on upgrading the Internet infrastructure in K–12 public schools so that all students can take advantage of the transformational power of digital learning. We use a data-driven approach to address the barriers that keep school districts from getting the speed they need. Through our federal advocacy work as well as our district and state programs, we are enabling high-speed Internet access in every K–12 classroom in America. Take a look at our progress so far.

Timeline Express

2012

September

SchoolSpeedTest Launched

EducationSuperHighway partnered with 30 states and gathered more than 800,000 school speed tests. The speed test results reveal that close to 63% of schools in the U.S. need an upgrade.

2013

June

President Obama announces ConnectED

The ConnectED initiative aims to connect 99% of America’s students to high-speed broadband to enrich K-12 student education through individualized learning and digital content and empower teachers with the best technology and training.

May

$10 Million Raised, Funders Include Gates and Zuckerberg

The funding is led by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Startup:Education fund and the Gates Foundation, the charitable group led by Microsoft’s Bill Gates and his wife Melinda. See a full list of funders.

2014

April

Releases Landmark Analysis On E-rate Spending

Published Connecting America’s Students: Opportunities for Action, an analysis of E-rate spending that offers key insights for expanding educational opportunity.

June

Partnership with Virginia Announced

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a partnership between the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education, and EducationSuperHighway. Recognizing that broadband access in Virginia schools is critical to creating a stronger workforce and a more competitive economy, the partnership aims to connect all K-12 students across the state

July

FCC Takes First Step to Modernize E-rate Including $5B for Wireless in Schools

The FCC releases a modernization order that takes the first steps toward streamlining the E-rate program and focuses on expanding funding for Wi-Fi networks in elementary and secondary schools and libraries across America.

August

Announces State K-12 Broadband Partnership with Arkansas

EducationSuperHighway partners with Arkansas’ Office of the Governor and the Arkansas Department of Education to develop a plan to lead the nation in meeting the ConnectED goal of connecting all students to high-speed broadband in the state.

November

Network Essentials for Superintendents Aims to Help School Districts Launch Upgrades

EducationSuperHighway releases Network Essentials for Superintendents, an actionable guide for superintendents and district leaders looking to upgrade their school district’s network to support digital learning.

January

FCC Takes Historic Action to Complete E-rate Modernization and Connect Millions of Students

The FCC announces a modernization order bringing the total yearly funding to schools and libraries for Internet connections and operating subsidies to $3.9 billion, ensuring that all of America’s schools and libraries are connected to high-speed broadband within the next five years.

2015

February

Releases Guide for School Districts Looking to Upgrade Wi-Fi

The district consulting team develops and publishes the School Wi-Fi Buyer’s Guide an online resource designed to help school district technology leaders learn about and purchase Wi-Fi equipment.

May

Virginia School Districts Pilot Program Leverages Data Transparency

EducationSuperHighway leads a pilot program to help district leaders openly share bandwidth and cost data. Five out of the fifteen participating districts work with providers to negotiate 500% more bandwidth for only 15% more cost, allowing all five to meet a connectivity level

July

Arkansas Upgrades First School District to High-Speed Broadband Network

Fort Smith Schools became the first Arkansas school district to connect to the state’s newly upgraded K-12 education network, which increased bandwidth speeds to 200 Kbps per student—more than 40 times its prior speed of 5 Kbps per student, for roughly the same

August

Fiber Toolkit Helps School Districts Upgrade

Our district consulting team releases the Fiber Toolkit that helps school leaders determine the right type of fiber connection and provides actionable guidance on funding, procurement, and implementation.

September

Montana Governor Steve Bullock announces partnership

The Office of the Governor and the Montana Office of Public Instruction partner with EducationSuperHighway to connect every K-12 classroom in the state to high-speed Internet.

October

New Mexico announces plans to bring high-speed Internet to every classroom in the state by 2018

Governor Susana Martinez announces partnership with state agencies, including the Public Schools Facility Authority, the Public Education Department, and the Department of Information Technology, to work with EducationSuperHighway to develop a plan for building the infrastructure required to deliver high-speed Internet.

November

Mark Zuckerberg Gives $20 Million to Help Schools Get Faster Internet

Mr. Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, donate $20 million to help fund EducationSuperHighway’s mission. With this donation, the couple hopes to accelerate school district adoption of the high-speed broadband infrastructure needed to support customized digital learning programs.

2016

March

Texas Governor Abbott Announces Partnership with EducationSuperHighway

EducationSuperHighway’s partnership with the Governor’s Office, the Texas Education Agency, Education Service Centers, the service provider community, and schools across the state to ensure scalable, robust, and affordable access to high-speed broadband for all Texas school districts.

April

Hosts the first K-12 Broadband and Digital Learning Policy Academy

Six states participate in the K-12 Broadband and Digital Learning Policy Academy designed to help states bring high-speed Internet access to all their students. The academy is led by a partnership between the National Governors Association and EducationSuperHighway.

May

Darby School District in Montana upgrades network, 33x more bandwidth

EducationSuperHighway’s fiber consulting program helped the small rural district in Western Montana upgrade to high-speed fiber, providing their students with 33x more bandwidth for digital learning.