Broadband and Connectivity (BlastED Model)

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Broadband and Connectivity
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Even though Utah has the highest level of education internet access in the United States, further gains could be made to fully connect underserved and unserved communities around the state.  Already, the state of Utah has been awarded $13.4 million in order to expand the Utah Education Network (UEN) by deploying fiber-based Ethernet broadband services to 130 institutions around the state.  These include elementary schools, public libraries, charter schools, and Heard Start centers.


Economic ROI

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DLA Proposed Solution

  • Create a public and private partnership to address lofty goals with limited funds
  • Leverage federal grants through cooperative buying agreements and a coordinated approach to grant applications (National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Education, Department of Labor)
  • Consolidate network services, content management, collaboration tools, physical IT resources, management and access services, and support services to offer a Statewide Education as a Service.

Demonstrated Outcomes

This action will improve the quality of education of numerous children statewide, especially those in rural communities who may otherwise only have limited internet access.  This will not only provide quality education with a strong technical emphasis to children, but their parents can become more productive workers with better broadband connections and training.  Benefits for Utah’s population have already included:

  • Successful implementation of broadband Ethernet connections at all 300+ secondary schools (high schools and middle schools) and all school district offices
  • Internet access to all of Utah’s rural communities
  • 35,160 new households served

References:

Article on providing broadband connection for the Utah Education Network.. Download PDF file

Article on providing broadband connection for the Utah Education Network..
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Computer and Internet use in U.S. household, May 2013, by the U.S. Census Dept. Download the PDF file

Computer and Internet use in U.S. household, May 2013, by the U.S. Census Dept.
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A Community Broadband Project for the NTIA BTOP Infrastructure Program on behalf of the Utah Education Network. This project is a Middle Mile request to improve inadequate or non-existent broadband connections at 130 elementary and charter schools, public libraries, and head start center in underserved and unserved areas statewide.

Overall, in 2011 a plurality of Americans were “highly connected” individuals (27.0 percent). At the other extreme, about 16 percent of Americans reported “no connectivity” at all. These no-connectivity individuals were disproportionately old, Black and/or Hispanic, low income, and poorly educated.

DLA Broadband and Connectivity (BTOP) Initiative Template

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DLA Member Companies Offering Solutions

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Additional Issues Under Review

Digital Learning Alliance has identified several additional issues. As we add member companies who have a solution that serves the issue, we will update our information. Those additional areas under review include:

Public Education

Proficiency Improvements:

  1. Science
  2. Social Studies
  3. Common Core
  4. Special Needs

  1. Parent Engagement
  2. Low-Performing
  3. Comprehensive

Higher Education

  1. Remedial Education
  2. Graduation Rates
  3. Student Debt Burden
  4. Employment Opportunities

Workforce Development

  1. Economic Growth Modeling

Spanning Every Educational Level

  1. Assessment and Accountability
  2. Student Records and Teacher Effectiveness
  3. Student Information Systems
  4. Privacy and Security
  5. Online Learning, 24/7/365