Connected Nation and Funds For Learning to Carry on our Classroom Connectivity Mission

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Over the past eight years, an unprecedented coalition united behind a simple, but important, goal: to improve broadband in America’s K-12 classrooms. As a result of these efforts, 99% of students have been connected to the minimum high-speed Internet needed for digital learning.

With this achievement, EducationSuperHighway will sunset on August 31, 2020 but we want to ensure state leaders, school district administrators, and the broadband community have the data they need to continue upgrading their broadband to meet the needs of students and teachers.

After months of discussion with several qualified organizations, we are proud to announce that we have selected Connected Nation and Funds For Learning to carry on our mission of upgrading the broadband in America’s K-12 schools. Together, they will launch and maintain Connect K-12, a new, free tool that will provide the broadband data and pricing information that school district and state leaders need to upgrade their bandwidth to the FCC’s 1 Mbps per student goal.

As a non-profit dedicated to expanding the access, adoption, and use of high-speed Internet and its related technologies to all people, Connected Nation will leverage their deep knowledge and experience in the public sector broadband space to lead this partnership. Funds For Learning will utilize their extensive experience with K-12 broadband data and E-rate to manage the technology platform and ensure that the data is accurate and updated annually.

We deeply appreciate the interest of all organizations and individuals involved in the partnership application process. We are fortunate to be a part of a broadband community so committed to ensuring that bandwidth is never a barrier to digital learning.

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EducationSuperHighway & Massachusetts connect residents to affordable broadband

Broadband activities are revving up in the Bay State. The timing is not a coincidence: with President Biden signing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law in November 2021, and NTIA subsequently releasing Notices of Funding Opportunity which outline the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program, Digital Equity Act, and Enabling Middle Mile Grant Infrastructure program in May 2022, states and localities find themselves in a new era of funding opportunities to finally close the digital divide. To connect the unconnected to affordable broadband, EducationSuperHighway has teamed up with organizations across Massachusetts to take advantage of this opportunity in three separate areas, described below.

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