Over 40 million students in America’s K-12 public schools are being left behind. To deliver digital learning content to every classroom, schools need high-speed broadband. Yet today, 63% of schools do not have enough bandwidth to meet the current needs for digital learning and 99% do not have the bandwidth necessary over the next five years.
We call this lack of available bandwidth in the classroom The Connectivity Gap.
The Connectivity Gap is leaving millions of our students behind, particularly children in rural and low-income communities. They are left without the ability to take advantage of the promise of digital learning and lack the opportunity to learn the critical skills they need to compete and lead in today’s workforce.
To address The Connectivity Gap, President Obama announced ConnectED in June 2013. EducationSuperHIghway helped catalyze this initiative to connect 99% of students to high-speed Internet and ubiquitous Wi-Fi within five years. It has attracted national attention to the issue and more than $2 billion in corporate donations.