Why is in-school connectivity still important?

Washington D.C. (February 23, 2020) – Digital learning is no longer reserved for the most innovative and affluent school districts. It has become essential for the continuity of learning itself, and schools now have both the challenge and opportunity to pioneer a new path forward — one that will foster exciting, immersive learning opportunities for K-12 students everywhere, even after …

Kids at one Baton Rouge school to get the bandwidth they need for remote learning, work-study program

“When this first happened even just getting your hands on a hotspot was difficult. Everyone in America needed one.” Baton Rouge, Louisiana (February 23, 2021) – Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School approaches education a little differently than other schools. “It’s a unique model. We are one of 37 Cristo Rey schools nationwide,” said Eric Engemann, President. “We not …

Washington achieves significant improvements to school connectivity, surpasses national average for student bandwidth

Olympia, Washington (February 12, 2021) – Washington state and school district leaders have made huge strides in their efforts to improve school connectivity across the state, according to data published by nonprofit Connected Nation through its Connect K-12 program website. “Access to high-speed internet is essential to preparing our students to compete in today’s workforce — and basic connectivity is …

Connect K-12 Vice President talks improving school connectivity

“Bandwidth in schools and internet connectivity should never be a bottleneck for kids learning and preparing them for the world.” Omaha, Nebraska (February 11, 2021) – Nebraska state and school district leaders have made huge strides in their efforts to improve school connectivity across the state, according to data published by nonprofit Connected Nation through its Connect K-12 program website. …

Nebraska achieves significant improvements to school connectivity, surpasses national average for student bandwidth

Lincoln, Nebraska (February 10, 2021) – Nebraska state and school district leaders have made huge strides in their efforts to improve school connectivity across the state, according to data published by nonprofit Connected Nation through its Connect K-12 program website. “To grow our state, we have to connect the next generation of Nebraskans with digital learning opportunities,” said Governor Pete …

New Mexico achieves significant improvements to school connectivity, surpasses national average for student bandwidth

Santa Fe, New Mexico (January 31, 2021) – New Mexico state and school district leaders have made huge strides in their efforts to improve school connectivity across the state, according to data published by nonprofit Connected Nation through its Connect K-12 program website. “We are determined to equip New Mexico’s K-12 students with all the tools they need to succeed, …

What a Texas School District Can Teach the Nation About Connecting and Educating a Generation of Kids

“Internet access is no longer a luxury. It’s something that every kid should be provided with.”       By Jessica Denson, Communications DirectorConnected Nation Lockhart, TX (September 24, 2020) – Mark Estrada, superintendent of Lockhart Independent School District, says the first day of in-person classes went pretty well considering the COVID-19 pandemic — with about 45 percent of students inside the …

The USDA Invests $46 Million in Rural Community Facilities in 16 States

New Schools, Health Clinics and Public Safety Equipment Will Benefit 363,000 People WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $46 million to improve critical community facilities to benefit 363,000 rural residents (PDF, 169 KB) in 16 states. “Rural America relies on safe, modern community facilities to ensure access to essential …

Pandemic highlights internet gap for rural students around Waco, Central Texas

The following story was published by the Waco Tribune-Herald on August 15, 2020 Fiber optic networks crisscross the university towns of Waco and Bryan-College Station, offering speeds of up to one gigabit per second, a gushing river of data that connects people with entertainment, education, business and medical information. But over much of the 90 miles between — in mostly …

The Efforts to Close the Digital Divide for North Texas Students

The following story was published by NBC 5 in Dallas, Texas on July 30, 2020. The pandemic has pushed us further into the digital world. But not everyone was ready for it. When the shutdown began, Dr. Rebecca Good, superintendent of Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy, said nearly all of her 1,800 students needed computers. “Most of our parents are low …