As you may already know, the New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative has been working for the past several years on upgrading broadband to schools and communities throughout New Hampshire. We are trying to leverage our e-rate funds to increase broadband at schools, and working with The National Collaborative for Digital Equity to increase connectivity to homes in underserved communities.
NHSCI partnered with the non-profit, EducationSuperHighway, to bring valuable free resources to districts to help with this effort. A recent report from EducationSuperHighway highlighted exciting progress on connecting New Hampshire students to high-speed Internet needed for digital learning.
- 97% of NH students can access school Internet speeds at 100 kilobits per second (kbps) per student, the minimum bandwidth goal set by the FCC.
- 18% of NH students can already access school Internet at 1 megabit per second (Mbps), the long-term FCC goal.
- 92% of NH schools are connected to scalable infrastructure, such as fiber. Only 30 school districts have yet to connect to scalable infrastructure.
To view your district’s individual connectivity snapshot, visit EducationSuperHighway’s Internet speed and price comparison tool, Compare & Connect K-12.
The resources available through the NH School Connectivity Initiative and EducationSuperHighway have helped many school districts achieve their upgrade goals.
Note: EducationSuperHighway will sunset in August 2020 and will no longer be available to provide free resources and support. We want to encourage you to take advantage of their help to assist with Internet upgrade planning while it is available.
We know that there are many aspects to supporting digital learning in your classrooms and we hope that this support will help in some of those efforts.
Contact NH Ed Tech for more information.