Analysis of Districts' Costs for Telecommunication Services
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.
T:\TAKE TEAM\EducationSuperHighway\District Broadband Costs and Spending.xlsx
Helping to Enable High-Speed Internet in Every Classroom
What is the program?
EducationSuperHighway is partnering with school districts that want to upgrade their Internet infrastructure to support digital learning, but are unsure how to do it.
We will work with you to identify solutions to meet your goals and provide technical and procurement guidance to help you improve your network.
We aim to build capacity for districts, so we collaborate closely with district staff to ensure that you are set up for today and the future.
Is it free?
Yes! The service offered by our team of experts is free of charge.
If you are a district that is dedicated to implementing digital learning but can’t because of a slow or unreliable Internet connection or because bandwidth is too expensive,
we want to work with you. Your district is a good candidate if you’ve said:
• “Our network is slow and unreliable and we don’t know why.”
• “We know we need more bandwidth, but it costs too much.”
• “We know we need more bandwidth, but don’t know how to get it.”
• “We want to integrate technology, but we don’t know if our network can handle it.”
• “We just completed an upgrade and the network is still having issues.”
• “We don’t even know where to start to figure out our network issues.”
How does it work?
• EducationSuperHighway will assign a coach to work directly with a dedicated member of the district’s staff.
• Together, the coach and the district staff member will design a discrete project that covers these areas:
• Conduct a needs assessment
• Identify key barriers to attaining the connectivity your district needs
• Craft viable solutions that meet your district’s needs
• Develop a plan for upgrading the network and/or lowering costs
• Work together to solve your connectivity issue
If you are interested in working with us, please complete the brief application available at this URL: http://www.educationsuperhighway.org/apply-for-district-coaching.html.
For questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EducationSuperHighway is a non-profit organization working to enable high-speed Internet in every classroom in America so that the promise of digital education can be fulfilled.