Calling equitable Internet access the "civil rights issue of today," the Consortium for School Networking has launched a Digital Equity Action Toolkit to give school district leaders tools they can use to advocate for and obtain Internet access for their students in their communities.
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Texas is upgrading to a 100 gigabit private optical network to support a bring-your-own-technology policy and improve access to Web-based educational resources.
More than half of all low-income families in this country are not currently connected to the Internet, according to Julián Castro, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
- By John K. Waters
Several 4G LTE network products from Cradlepoint are now eligible for purchase using E-rate funding.
Netgear has enhanced its new ProSAFE WAC730 and WAC720 802.11ac wireless access points to support controller management through the ProSAFE WC7600 and WC9500 controllers.
Grace Christian School, a K-12 school in Anchorage, AK, has upgraded to a passive optical local area network (LAN) to provide increased bandwidth and reliable connectivity for the school's 60 teachers and 600 students.
The Nevada Department of Education has selected a partner to provide Chromebooks, wireless infrastructure and other tools for middle schools participating in its Nevada Ready 21 program.
The Mahopac Central School District will take advantage of the New York State Smart Schools Bond Act to boost Internet access and buy Chromebooks.
An organization that monitors Internet connectivity to schools has reported that while 20 million additional students have been given access to high-speed Internet, a comparably high number "still don't have the speeds they need."
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Sprint has committed to offer free high speed Internet service to students in several Illinois public school districts.