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ERIC Number: ED569341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity and Access
Fox, Christine; Jones, Rachel
State Educational Technology Directors Association
In this report, State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) builds upon the research and recommendations from prior publications with a focus on the role of state leadership in supporting districts and schools to increase high-speed connectivity and access for students and educators. SETDA firmly believes that high-speed broadband access for every student is essential to creating and delivering the deeper learning experiences intended to prepare today's students for college and careers, and to compete in a global economy. State leaders continue to play an essential role in supporting robust K-12 infrastructure through state broadband policies, statewide broadband networks, and state funding for broadband. As the education community continues to invest in digital learning opportunities, SETDA encourages educators, policymakers, and the private sector to be strategic in their support of high-speed broadband and Wi-Fi access for all students. Through a state broadband survey and independent data collection, SETDA gathered information for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) regarding state policies regarding broadband implementation, for a total of 53 respondents. In this publication, state leaders and policymakers can learn about a variety of state policies, best practices, and innovative models supporting high-speed broadband and Wi-Fi access for all students. It also highlights the powerful impact of state leadership in driving important policy decisions and influencing policy makers at the national and state level to support broadband networks, bandwidth capacity, community access points, and home access for low-income families. Specifically, this publication reports on: (1) K-12 Broadband and Wi-Fi Connectivity; (2) State Leadership for Infrastructure; (3) State Broadband Implementation Highlights; and (4) State Advocacy for Federal Support of Broadband. The following are appended: (1) Resources; and (2) State Broadband Networks. Contains endnotes.
State Educational Technology Directors Association. P.O. Box 10, Glen Burnie, MD 21060. Tel: 410-757-3342; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Common Sense Kids Action
Authoring Institution: State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
Identifiers - Location: United States