Connected Heat Map: Examining Classroom Connectivity

Thanks to E-Rate, 99 percent of America’s K-12 public schools and libraries are connected to the Internet. The majority of U.S. schools, however, do not have enough bandwidth to meet the current needs for digital learning.

To better understand the current state of classroom connectivity, CDW-G surveyed 400 IT professionals from K-12 public school districts and private schools to build the CDW-G K-12 Connected Heat Map, which shows the current prevalence of wired and wireless connectivity state-by-state.

Highlights of the report include:

  • The majority of schools have an average connectivity speed of 1 Gbps; fewer than a quarter have connectivity speed of 10 Gbps
  • Over the next three years, schools will focus on increasing bandwidth, budget and number of access points to better support wireless connectivity. On the wired connectivity side, increasing bandwidth, improving network management and increasing budgets to support activities are the top priorities
  • Currently, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington have the most connected classrooms.

Visit to see how the connectivity picture changes over time.