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High-speed broadband that can support digital learning requires a combination of scalable fiber-optic connections, sufficient and affordable bandwidth, and robust internal networks that can deliver information on to student devices in the classroom.
Any network upgrade can be challenging, but EducationSuperHighway is here to help you every step of the way. With specialized network knowledge and procurement skills, our team of highly qualified experts is on hand to provide technical assistance. We also offer tools and resources that help you maximize federal and state funding and implement your upgrade. Hundreds of school districts have already taken advantage of our free support.
For most school districts, fiber is the only network infrastructure technology that can affordably deliver fast network speeds today and continue to scale cost-effectively to meet the growing bandwidth need of the future.
Our team can support you in all aspects of the upgrade process. After discussing your technology goals and district’s current infrastructure, we’ll make bandwidth and architecture recommendations and help you build a case for funding so that all stakeholders understand the budget needed for the upgrade. After we’ve supported you in developing a strong Form 470, we’ll share your bids with service providers across the nation. Once bids are received from service providers, we’ll help you translate those bids to gain leadership buy-in as well as support you in contract negotiation.
A robust and reliable internal network is critical to bringing digital learning opportunities into every classroom, every day. The E-rate Category 2 program has been a game-changer for school districts across America looking to upgrade their internal networks. Since 2015, 90% of school districts invested nearly $5 billion in new wireless networks for their schools.
We provide actionable tools and resource to ensure school district leaders are aware of their available E-rate Category 2 budget and able to make the best use of them.
Improving the affordability of broadband remains the most important lever for closing the connectivity gap. Students need at least 100 kbps of bandwidth per student in order to take advantage of digital learning in the classroom, and the FCC suggests a 2018 connectivity target of 1 Mbps per student.
Many schools desire this robust connectivity for their classrooms but lack the funds necessary to obtain it. Our price transparency tool Compare & Connect K-12 helps district technology leaders get more bandwidth for their budget, making it easy to compare their existing service and pricing with neighbors and similarly-sized districts.
E-rate funding and rule changes have created an unprecedented opportunity to support district upgrades to high-speed broadband:
E-rate will cover the cost of deploying new fiber (lit, dark, or self-provisioned), and has suspended the $500,000 cap on construction costs.
Compare & Connect K-12 has created price transparency for districts looking to upgrade their bandwidth.
$150 per student is only guaranteed to support upgrades for Wi-Fi and internal connections through 2019.
An additional 20% E-rate discount is available for districts if the state has a matching fund.
The technical assistance, price comparison tools and procurement resources provided by EducationSuperHighway are all free of charge.
Our district consulting team is made up of network technology experts with specialized project management and procurement skills to support you through the upgrade process. Sign up below for a brief 15-minute introductory call to help us understand your district’s broadband network needs.