How well are U.S. schools really connected to the Internet?

March 29, 2017 Published by
NSFNET traffic in 1991

It looks well connected, but this is actually a map of the NSFNET in 1991.

I’m curious …

The Education Superhighway 2016 report states: “75% of all students in America are connected to high-speed broadband (K–12 schools), and 88% of school districts meet the minimum requirements for wireless service.”

What I want to know is: Does it really work?

I am in decent hotels many days when the wireless and broadband are so inadequate that I have to do a personal connection with my mobile device. I was in a school district recently where I was told that only about half of their electronic devices actually worked.

Today a map of the Internet looks more like this!

So I would love to hear your responses to any or all of the following questions:

  1. Is the broadband in your school or schools sufficient for the use it gets? Is it quick, slow, delayed, only available at certain places?
  2. What percentage of school-sponsored devices work dependably—and what percentage of time do you use electronic devices in your classroom?
  3. Are you elementary-, middle-, or high school-based?
  4. For your low-income (free and reduced-price lunch) students, what percentage have Internet at home?

Thank you!

Is the broadband in your school or schools sufficient for the use it gets?

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The broadband in my school is (select all that apply):

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Roughly what percentage of school-sponsored devices work dependably?

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Roughly what percentage of time do you use electronic devices in your classroom?

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Are you elementary-, middle-, or high school-based? Pre-K or postsecondary? Check all that apply.

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For your low-income (free and reduced-price lunch) students, roughly what percentage have Internet at home?

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