In 2013 KSDE announced on the Technology Assistance for Kansas Educators (TAKE) website a partnership with EducationSuperHighway to create a database of what Kansas schools are paying for telecommunication services. Districts were given an option to participate in the data collection. There were 110 Kansas school districts who submitted data.
Analysis of the data revealed median cost of connectivity in Kansas is $39 per Mbps per month (vs $25 nationally), driven primarily by Internet access costs. Median cost of Internet Access in Kansas ($37) is ~70% higher than the national ($22) median for all districts and ~50% higher for districts that meet the Connect Ed goal of 100 Mbps ($22 vs. $15).
EducationSuperHighway (ESH) is a non-profit organization established in January 2012 with the mission of ensuring every K-12 school in American has reliable, high-capacity Internet access so they can take advantage of the promise of digital learning. ESH is funded by numerous foundations and individuals such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation.
Click this link to see the District’s broadband cost and spending.
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