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

Today, EducationSuperHighway released its annual State of the States report, highlighting the completion of its mission to close the K-12 classroom connectivity gap. Ninety-nine percent of America’s schools now have high-speed broadband connections capable of providing enough bandwidth to enable their students and teachers to use technology in the classroom. 

Highlights from the 2019 State of the States report include: 

  • The number of students who have access to broadband at the FCC’s original goal of 100kbps per student has increased from 4 million in 2013 to 46.3 million today.
  • The cost of Internet access for schools has declined 90 percent since 2013.
  • Since 2015, school districts have invested nearly $5 billion in K-12 Wi-Fi networks.
  • Ninety-nine percent of America’s K-12 public schools have the fiber-optic connections needed to meet future connectivity needs.
  • Over five years, eighty-one governors in all 50 states joined the effort to close the classroom connectivity gap.

The State of the States report also urges state leaders to ensure that districts don’t miss opportunities to continue to upgrade connectivity in schools in order to drive innovation in K-12 classrooms. 

To learn more, visit the full report here: stateofthestates.educationsuperhighway.org