The EducationSuperHighway has received grants totaling $9 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s organization, Startup:Education, to help upgrade high-speed broadband access for K-12 public schools throughout the United States. “When schools and teachers have access to reliable Internet connections, students can discover new skills and ideas beyond the classroom,” said Zuckerberg. “The future of our economy and society depend largely on the next generation using and building new online tools and services.”
According to results from the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway’s national SchoolSpeedTest, 72% of America’s public schools lack the broadband they need for digital learning. The organization is working to improve high-speed broadband access in schools through four programs: 1) measuring the available Internet bandwidth in schools with the SchoolSpeedTest; 2) providing technical expertise to schools; 3) helping reduce the costs to schools for upgrading their capacity; and 4) advocating for the federal E-rate program.