READ THE REPORT: 99% of All K-12 School Districts in the U.S. Now Have Access to High-Speed Internet.

Since our founding in 2012, we have been singularly focused on upgrading the Internet infrastructure in K–12 public schools so that all students can take advantage of the transformational power of digital learning. We use a data-driven approach to address the barriers that keep school districts from getting the speed they need. Through our federal advocacy work as well as our district and state programs, we are enabling high-speed Internet access in every K–12 classroom in America. Take a look at our progress so far.

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SchoolSpeedTest Launched

EducationSuperHighway partnered with 30 states and gathered more than 800,000 school speed tests. The speed test results reveal that close to 63% of schools in the U.S. need an upgrade.



President Obama announces ConnectED

The ConnectED initiative aims to connect 99% of America’s students to high-speed broadband to enrich K-12 student education through individualized learning and digital content and empower teachers with the best technology and training.


$10 Million Raised, Funders Include Gates and Zuckerberg

The funding is led by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Startup:Education fund and the Gates Foundation, the charitable group led by Microsoft’s Bill Gates and his wife Melinda. See a full list of funders.



Releases Landmark Analysis On E-rate Spending

Published Connecting America’s Students: Opportunities for Action, an analysis of E-rate spending that offers key insights for expanding educational opportunity.


Partnership with Virginia Announced

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a partnership between the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education, and EducationSuperHighway. Recognizing that broadband access in Virginia schools is critical to creating a stronger workforce and a more competitive economy, the partnership aims to connect all K-12 students across the state


FCC Takes First Step to Modernize E-rate Including $5B for Wireless in Schools

The FCC releases a modernization order that takes the first steps toward streamlining the E-rate program and focuses on expanding funding for Wi-Fi networks in elementary and secondary schools and libraries across America.


Announces State K-12 Broadband Partnership with Arkansas

EducationSuperHighway partners with Arkansas’ Office of the Governor and the Arkansas Department of Education to develop a plan to lead the nation in meeting the ConnectED goal of connecting all students to high-speed broadband in the state.


Network Essentials for Superintendents Aims to Help School Districts Launch Upgrades

EducationSuperHighway releases Network Essentials for Superintendents, an actionable guide for superintendents and district leaders looking to upgrade their school district’s network to support digital learning.


FCC Takes Historic Action to Complete E-rate Modernization and Connect Millions of Students

The FCC announces a modernization order bringing the total yearly funding to schools and libraries for Internet connections and operating subsidies to $3.9 billion, ensuring that all of America’s schools and libraries are connected to high-speed broadband within the next five years.



Releases Guide for School Districts Looking to Upgrade Wi-Fi

The district consulting team develops and publishes the School Wi-Fi Buyer’s Guide an online resource designed to help school district technology leaders learn about and purchase Wi-Fi equipment.


Virginia School Districts Pilot Program Leverages Data Transparency

EducationSuperHighway leads a pilot program to help district leaders openly share bandwidth and cost data. Five out of the fifteen participating districts work with providers to negotiate 500% more bandwidth for only 15% more cost, allowing all five to meet a connectivity level


Arkansas Upgrades First School District to High-Speed Broadband Network

Fort Smith Schools became the first Arkansas school district to connect to the state’s newly upgraded K-12 education network, which increased bandwidth speeds to 200 Kbps per student—more than 40 times its prior speed of 5 Kbps per student, for roughly the same


Fiber Toolkit Helps School Districts Upgrade

Our district consulting team releases the Fiber Toolkit that helps school leaders determine the right type of fiber connection and provides actionable guidance on funding, procurement, and implementation.


Montana Governor Steve Bullock announces partnership

The Office of the Governor and the Montana Office of Public Instruction partner with EducationSuperHighway to connect every K-12 classroom in the state to high-speed Internet.


New Mexico announces plans to bring high-speed Internet to every classroom in the state by 2018

Governor Susana Martinez announces partnership with state agencies, including the Public Schools Facility Authority, the Public Education Department, and the Department of Information Technology, to work with EducationSuperHighway to develop a plan for building the infrastructure required to deliver high-speed Internet.


Mark Zuckerberg Gives $20 Million to Help Schools Get Faster Internet

Mr. Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, donate $20 million to help fund EducationSuperHighway’s mission. With this donation, the couple hopes to accelerate school district adoption of the high-speed broadband infrastructure needed to support customized digital learning programs.



Texas Governor Abbott Announces Partnership with EducationSuperHighway

EducationSuperHighway’s partnership with the Governor’s Office, the Texas Education Agency, Education Service Centers, the service provider community, and schools across the state to ensure scalable, robust, and affordable access to high-speed broadband for all Texas school districts.


Hosts the first K-12 Broadband and Digital Learning Policy Academy

Six states participate in the K-12 Broadband and Digital Learning Policy Academy designed to help states bring high-speed Internet access to all their students. The academy is led by a partnership between the National Governors Association and EducationSuperHighway.


Darby School District in Montana upgrades network, 33x more bandwidth

EducationSuperHighway’s fiber consulting program helped the small rural district in Western Montana upgrade to high-speed fiber, providing their students with 33x more bandwidth for digital learning.


Grows number of state partnerships to fifteen

We partner with governors and state agencies to accelerate K-12 upgrades. State partners now include: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming.


Hosts second K-12 Broadband and Digital Learning Policy Academy

Leaders from six states reconvene for the second K-12 Broadband and Digital Learning Policy Academy workshop. The Academy is led by a partnership between the National Governors Association and EducationSuperHighway.


Launches full version of Compare & Connect K-12

Compare & Connect K-12 creates transparency for K-12 broadband speeds and pricing and empowers school leaders to make smart network purchasing decisions to get the most bandwidth for their broadband budgets.



Releases 2016 State of the States report on school connectivity in America

The 2016 State of the States report shows continued progress, 10.4 million more students were connected in 2016, and 42 governors committed to connecting the 12 million students who still don’t have the speeds they need.


Ninth State Reaches 100% Connectivity

Arkansas becomes the ninth state to reach 100 percent high-speed connectivity in all its public schools. The state joins Hawaii, Kentucky, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming in this milestone.


States Leverage Matching Funds

More than 20 states are now taking advantage of funding for special construction charges for high-speed broadband that meets the FCC’s long-term connectivity targets.



Alaska Announces Partnership with EducationSuperHighway

Governor Bill Walker and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) partners with EducationSuperHighway to launch the Alaska K-12 Broadband Initiative to bring high-speed broadband to all public schools across Alaska.


Thirty State Partnerships

Since 2016, our state partners have expanded from fifteen states to thirty states. Our new state partners include: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin.


Washington Launches their Digital Learning Access Grant Program

Washington launches their Digital Learning Access Grant Program after receiving federal funding to leverage the E-rate program. The Digital Learning Access Grant Program will manage the funds to bring broadband connectivity to schools lacking connectivity.


Releases 2018 State of the States report

The 2018 State of the States report shows continued progress. 5.4 million more students were connected in 2018 and 49 governors committed to connecting the 2.3 million students who still don’t have the speeds they need.