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Blog // Connect Michigan

Slow Broadband Challenges Michigan Schools—Federal Assistance May Soon Be Available

By Wil Payton


Kids on computersSchools are implementing digital devices as an integral part of their curriculums but limited broadband speeds are impeding technology adoption plans.

A recent Detroit News article examined the challenge of testing students online when bandwidth is inadequate or when students are constrained by outdated technology.  Below is an excerpt from that article:

As public schools embrace instruction using iPads, Chromebooks and laptops to provide everyday digital experiences for students, their limited broadband speeds are restricting how much online learning can go on at once.

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Michigan schools, along with other educational institutions across the nation, may receive some assistance from the federal government to address this issue. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced that the agency would overhaul existing programs to implement President Obama’s plan to bring broadband Internet to essentially all American schools.

An article in The Hill highlighted Wheeler’s remarks on the approach the agency intends to take to transform the E-rate program. Below is an excerpt:

“The intent is not to tear down the existing program and start over,” Wheeler explained. “Rather, we should restructure the program in a way that results in a process that effectively targets high capacity connections to all libraries and schools and to provide resources to make sure high-speed Wi-Fi delivers that connectivity within the classroom and the library.”

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