Bridge the broadband affordability gap.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 (1996 Telecom Act) expands the scope of universal service to include increased, affordable access to both telecommunications and advanced services, such as high-speed Internet, for all consumers. It promotes the availability of quality services at reasonable prices and is aimed at increasing access to advanced telecommunications throughout the country.Read More 1996
USAC is an independent, not-for-profit corporation designated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the administrator of the Universal Service Fund. Under the authority of the 1996 Telecom Act, the FCC puts USAC in charge of administering the collection and disbursement of universal service funds.Read More 1998
In 2001, with strong bipartisan support, Congress passes the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to reauthorize ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act). This prompts a push for anytime, anywhere access to data.2001
A nationwide connectivity survey hosted by the US Department of Education reveals that 21st-century classrooms need more broadband. New tools and programs such as Khan Academy (2008) are emerging, but teachers don't have enough bandwidth to effectively use online resources.Read More 2010
The Alliance for Excellent Education launches annual celebration of a national Digital Learning Day, which provides a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practices. They also showcase innovative educators and instructional technology programs that improve student outcomes.Read More 2012
SETDA (State Educational Technology Directors Association) releases the Broadband Imperative Report, which sets a now widely-shared standard of 100 kilobits per second (kbps) per student as a 2014 bandwidth minimum and 1 Megabits per second (Mbps) per student as a 2018 bandwidth minimum.Read More 2012
The Alliance for Excellent Education introduces the Future Ready initiative and framework with the belief that technology is a necessary tool for equity. The effort aims to support school districts in creating personalized and technology-backed learning experiences for all students.Read More 2013
President Obama calls upon the private sector to work with government and nonprofits to ensure kids can leverage technology tools and products. Many companies respond by donating hardware, software, professional development resources, and digital content to schools.Read More 2014
CoSN, SHLB, Funds for Learning, and EducationSuperHighway work together to submit comments to the FCC to make the Category 2 program permanent. Chairman Pai approves permanent Category 2 budgets for schools to purchase internal network equipment and services. Earlier advocacy related to unfair program delays and denials speeds up the fiber construction approval process for hundreds of school districts.Read More 2019
87% of teachers say they use digital learning tools at least a few days a week.
92% of administrators agree that they see great value in using digital learning tools in the classroom.
96% of students in 3rd-5th grade say they use digital learning tools to learn some or a lot of the time in class.
(Newschools Gallup Study)Read More 2019
USDE’s nationwide survey shows that students lack access to adequate broadband. For example, students from Santa Fe High School wrote to Sal Khan expressing their frustration with slow Internet. They explained how they believed they would learn more, and have access to more opportunity, with better Internet connections.
President Obama announced the support from Apple, Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon to deliver on the promise to our nation’s students.
From 2015 onward, ESH produces the State of the States annual report to track progress of broadband upgrades and celebrate state-wide and nation-wide successes. See below for past reports:
The National Governors Association partners with EducationSuperHighway to host the Policy Academy. Six states join to discuss the state of K-12 broadband: Arizona, Illinois, Maryland, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Wyoming.
Arkansas is the first state to provide enough bandwidth to make digital learning a reality in every classroom, every day.
The community of Woodman, Montana writes letters to their representatives to advocate for upgraded Internet and technology equipment. Students share powerful reasons why they need access to technology to stand a fighting chance at success in high school, and beyond.
of students in 3rd-5th grade say they use digital learning tools to learn some or a lot of the time in class
(Newschools Gallup Study)