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Montana Broadband Information
Broadband Map of Montana Schools http://bit.ly/TaEBQW
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Broadband Survey Report:
NEWS: SEDTA Broadband Report Released May 21, 2012 -
See the State Educational Technology Directors' Association report on broadband requirements linked below as a PDF. The report suggests four recommendations "for creating ubiquitous, equitable broadband access for K-12 schools." http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2012/05/report_sets_broadband_goal_for.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS2
The four recommendations are as follows:
1. Schools in the 2014-15 academic year should be able to provide at least 100 megabytes per 1,000 students and staff for an external Internet connection, and at least 1 gigabyte per 1,000 students and staff for an internal wide area network.
2. In addition to providing broadband within schools, the federal government, states, and districts should also assume responsibility for ensuring broadband access outside of schools—in homes, as well as public places such as libraries and community centers.
3. State leaders should provide a vision for expanding adequate and ubiquitous broadband access to schools, libraries, and community centers. This could mean working with a state broadband network or working with school districts directly to leverage federal and public-private partnerships to achieve those goals.
4. The federal government should provide funding for broadband access to help support statewide networks, schools and districts, community centers and libraries, as well as home access for low-income families.
OUR PLAN: ENSURE EVERY K-12 SCHOOL HAS 100MB+ OF BROADBAND
We believe there are four critical issues that have limited the deployment of 100Mbps+ broadband in America's K-12 schools:
EducationSuperHighway's strategy to accomplish our mission addresses each of these issues:
- There is a stunning lack of information as to what broadband infrastructure is currently deployed at each school, thereby limiting the ability of policy makers to effectively deploy the $2-3 billion of annual funding available for school broadband.
- The 14,000+ school districts in the U.S. generally purchase their broadband infrastructure independently, thereby limiting their ability to influence pricing, contract terms and availability.
- Schools often lack the personnel, tools and expertise to efficiently deploy and manage 100Mbps+ broadband infrastructure.
- We are not maximizing the impact of the $2-3 billion of annual funding the FCC's E-Rate program provides for school broadband infrastructure and need to ensure that E-Rate funding is available for schools to upgrade their outdated WiFi networks to 100Mbps+.
- We are building a national database of the broadband infrastructure in every K-12 school and designing best practices based roadmaps to 100Mbps+ for each school.
- We are creating an Education Geek Squad to help schools implement 100Mbps+ broadband infrastructure and aggregate purchasing.
- We are developing a low cost network assessment appliance that will enable schools to easily monitor and manage their networks.
- We are supporting efforts to maximize the impact of the E-Rate program and encourage telecommunications carriers to accelerate the deployment of high speed broadband in school neighborhoods
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