More Than Half of U.S. Public Schools Don't Have Adequate Wireless Access
Teachers of the lowest-income students are more than twice as likely as teachers of the highest-income students to say that students’ lack of access to digital technologies is a “major challenge.”
A crime is happening in our schools every day. And it’s not the type of crime that hall monitors or security cameras can solve. At issue: Only 39 percent of public schools have wireless network access for the whole school. But perhaps the greater offense—up to this point, at least—has been apathy.
- Adopt and fund ambitious goals for broadband that supports digital learning and robust connections in all schools;
- Fund and ensure eligibility for wireless infrastructure inside schools that supports persistent broadband connections for digital learning; and
- Authorize the creation of wireless community hotspots that take advantage of high-speed broadband access at school locations, enabling after-hours broadband access for students off campus. Learning, including digital learning, should not end at the close of the school day.
The FCC is correct in its assessment that many schools do not have the bandwidth necessary to take full advantage of digital learning technologies that “hold the promise of substantially improving educational experiences and expanding opportunity for students, teachers, parents and whole communities.”