Schools and bandwidth… Where does your school rank?
Where does your school rank among your neighbors in Internet bandwidth? A new website offers a way to compare yourself with the district leaders, and see how much they are spending on their bandwidth.
Education Super Highway is a nonprofit organization helping public schools receive access to better Internet. They recently launched a website that shows the Internet price of the more than 13,500 U.S. school districts.
The Federal Communications Committee (FCC) has made declarations stating that school districts must provide a certain amount of Kbps (kilobits per second) per student. That amount is currently 100 Kbps per student.
Using this website, school districts will be able to measure how much data each student receives, and how they are comparing to other school districts. This will serve as an incentive and leverage point for school to receive more bandwidth for that they’re paying.
Currently, 23 percent of all public school districts in the U.S. do not meet the FCC’s minimum for bandwidth per student. The report shows how states nationwide are fairing in this race to meet the FCC’s minimum while at the same time demonstrate that they put their students.
In New York the nation’s largest public school district, New York Public Schools, was compared with surrounding districts in the urban setting, like Elmira City School District. The study found that New York Public School were 78 Kbps short of the 100 Kbps, coming to 22 Kbps per student, while Elmira City School District is providing 666 Kbps per student.
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