A disparity in home Internet service has lead to the “homework gap,” where economically disadvantaged students “go from a digital oasis to a digital desert when they go from school to home.”
The Iowa Department of Public Safety has launched a program that allows the state’s law enforcement officers to park their patrol cars outside schools and access secure, high-speed WiFi Internet service.
Madison Academy in Alabama has implemented a 1-gigabit per second fiber-to-the-premises network between its two campus locations and a multipurpose student service center and is planning to extend the fiber connection to a third building currently under construction.
Right now the biggest area for category one funding requests in the E-rate program is for lit fiber — major bandwidth connectivity. That line item in applications for the 2016 funding year totals $1.3 billion in pre-discount dollars, a request that trounces every other type of category one service included on applications by at least a factor of five-to-one.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Aerohive Networks, a wireless, cloud networking platform company, is showcasing new products at ISTE 2016 in Denver, June 26-29.
Billings Public Schools has replaced its aging copper-based network with a new FiberLAN system to provide broadband access throughout the district.
EnGenius Technologies, a provider of networking and telecommunications equipment, has introduced a new 802.11ac Wave 2 dual band AC1300 outdoor wireless access point.
Two school districts in Yuma, AZ are now connected to a city-wide fiber optic wide area network, providing 25 schools and administrative buildings with 10 gigabit per second internet access.
A new national survey of school information technology pros also found that leaders are planning for some major changes to the types of learning materials that will be used in their classrooms in the very near future.