Digital Equity

Cleveland Metropolitan Rolling Out Broadband to 5,300 Families

Cleveland Metropolitan School District in Ohio is helping to connect families to the internet for remote learning. Initially, the district is expected to push free broadband to about 5,300 families.

The initial program is part of a multi-year partnership with Charter Communications, the parent company of Spectrum Enterprise. The district signed on to adopt the Stay Connected K-12 program from Spectrum Enterprise to provide cable internet connectivity to students and their families. The program provides 50 Mbps download speeds with no data caps or usage limits; a modem, router and WiFi; and 24/7 technical support. Families have received or are receiving the hardware and self-installation kit in the mail.

“Our focus at CMSD is ensuring that all of our students receive a high-quality education. We foster this by creating an environment that empowers our teachers and challenges students to meet the highest expectations,” said Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. “Stay Connected K-12 from Spectrum Enterprise is a key tool because internet access at home can create a richer, more satisfactory learning experience.”

Estimates for the number of students who lack broadband access nationwide range from 9 million to 12 million as of this year. Additionally, research shows that, among students of low-income families, the majority (56%) of families that do have internet connections have inadequate download and/or upload speeds for their needs. The FCC currently defines high-speed broadband as 25 Mbps download speeds and 3 Mbps upload speeds per household, although the Consortium for School Networking recommends 25 Mbps per student rather than per household. As of this writing, average speeds in the United States are 195.6 Mbps down and 69.1 Mbps up for fixed connections and 91 Mbps down and 12.7 Mbps up for mobile.

Further details about the Stay Connected K-12 program can be found

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