6.5 Million

students remain to be connected


schools do not have the bandwidth they need

Learn more about the K-12 Connectivity Gap

Our children are trying to learn skills for tomorrow with dial-up speeds of the past.

High-speed broadband is key to restoring our educational standing. Our schools now rank 27th in math, 17th in reading, 20th in science, and 16th in technological readiness compared to other developed nations.

We must leverage technology to transform education.

Schools Need High-Speed Connectivity


In 2013, 30% of school districts were meeting the 100 kbps/student goal


In 2017, 94% of school districts are meeting the 100 kbps/student goal

To meet future demand, the typical school district will need to grow bandwidth at least 2.6x and ensure ubiquitous Wi-Fi to support digital learning needs.

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Digital Learning is Transforming Education

Peer-to-peer learning

Peer-to-peer learning

Keaau Elementary School students visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park wearing Google Glass and toting laptops equipped with Wi-Fi. Students broadcast this virtual field trip to peers at neighboring schools, along with the University Lab School and Peterson Schools in Mexico City, which is teaching Hawaiian as a third language.

Computer programing for future workforce

Collaborative, personalized learning

Carson City School District in Nevada implemented a learning management system that gathers students’ demonstration of proficiency in real-time. Teachers are able to immediately assess student knowledge and work in collaborative teams to build shared knowledge about best practices for different learning styles.

Snow-day virtual lessons

Snow-day virtual lessons

Kentucky’s Owsley County Schools’ students miss close to a month of school each year due to snow and ice. However, the school district now uses a digital learning management system that assigns students virtual snow day lessons. High school students go beyond standard classwork and use virtual winter work days to work on short-term credits for courses not typically offered at the school, such as genealogy and abnormal psychology.

We Must Take Action to Connect All Students

States and school districts can ensure student connectivity for digital learning by addressing three key components of school access


Close the fiber gap

Get Wi-Fi to every classroom

Make broadband more affordable

The K-12 digital divide is a solvable problem.
We’ve made progress, but there’s more to do.
We must act now.

America’s Students Are Waiting.