Today we released the full version of Compare & Connect K-12, an online tool that helps school district technology directors, superintendents and state leaders view broadband services and bandwidth information for school districts across the country. By creating transparency for K-12 broadband speeds and pricing, Compare & Connect K-12 empowers school leaders to make smart network purchasing decisions and get the most bandwidth for their broadband budgets and allows state leaders to quickly pinpoint which of their districts are in most need of help.
Compare & Connect K-12 is also now a resource for service providers, who are critical to finishing the job of upgrading America’s K-12 schools. Service providers can use our tool to identify school districts inside and outside of their service areas that need upgrades.
When we launched the beta version back in January 2016, we asked users to let us know what features they’d like to see. As a result, we added new features that increase the tool’s power and ease of use, including:
- Revamped comparison tools using maps and filters that allow school districts to view how their broadband services and prices equate to those of neighboring school districts, as well as other school districts across the state.
- Interactive state maps that provide state leaders with a comprehensive resource to search and compare connectivity across school districts – giving them the knowledge they need to ensure their school districts are meeting high-speed connectivity requirements and to bring access to school districts that have fallen behind.
- Directory of service providers that allows school districts to find service providers that are offering better deals in their states and negotiate for more bandwidth.
- Direct links to RFPs (E-rate Form 470) allowing school districts to attract more competitive bids for service
Since the launch of the beta version in January, school districts, armed with knowledge about the bandwidth other school districts are buying with similar budgets, have used the tool’s powerful data to significantly increase their bandwidth for little to no additional cost.
To access the tool, go to: www.compareandconnectk12.org, and type in the name of a school district or state to get started. If you have feedback or questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.