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Upgrade your broadband network

Get the infrastructure you need to support digital learning today and in the future.

Get more bandwidth for your budget

Hundreds of school districts have already taken advantage of our free tools and support.

Plan your upgrade

A network upgrade can be challenging. Our team helps you plan and implement your upgrade to maximize federal and state funding.

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Support School Districts

How we support school districts

Our mission is for all students across the country to have the bandwidth they need for digital learning. We work with school districts big and small; rural, urban, and in-between. If you are a school district leader seeking a better solution for high-speed Internet, we are here to help.

We offer technical assistance and actionable tools to help you plan and implement a network upgrade – all at no cost.


District Upgrade Program

Our district upgrade program is designed to help you get ahead without increasing your workload. Whether you are in the midst of an upgrade or do not know yet if you need one, this program offers technical and procurement expertise to find sustainable and affordable Internet solutions for your schools. Our process begins with gaining a deep understanding of your technology needs. Next, we engage with the service provider community on your behalf to find you competitive options. Finally, we work with you to develop a strategy that supports your E-rate procurement process.

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Category 2 Support

To help you optimize your internal upgrades, here are four questions we get asked most often about the equipment and services eligible for Category 2 support.




Meeting the Demands of Today’s Digital Classrooms

Time to upgrade all of our schools to the FCC’s 1 Mbps per student goal.

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Tools & Resources

Build vs. Buy Calculator

Decide which fiber connectivity approach is the best option for your school district to get the bandwidth you need at the right price.

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Tools & Resources

Compare & Connect K-12

Get more bandwidth for your budget. Find out what other school districts are buying to support digital learning.

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Tools & Resources

Form 470 + RFP Templates

Download our free E-rate program templates to guide you through the Form 470 process



School Districts

still need to upgrade to effectively use the Internet in their classrooms.

Making Connections

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"We are so grateful for all your help with the RFP. Getting fiber to our district is a bigger project than we have ever taken on, but you made it seem easy!"

Darla Meeuwsen, Superintendent Sauvie Island Academy, Oregon

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"In the beginning, we thought that this was too good to be true. What ESH is doing - at no cost and while being so helpful - is so hard to believe."

John Wehrman, Technology Director Cayuse Prairie SD, Montana

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"I'm not sure we would have the ability to do this so easily without your data. It was an eye opener."

Tom Hering, Director of IT Great Falls Public Schools, Montana