Providing high-speed internet connectivity to schools is an essential element to creating 21st century learning opportunities. OET, in support of the President’s ConnectED Initiative is working to help schools get connected to broadband internet in all locations where learning is taking place. A number of initiatives are underway to meet the ConnectED goals.
Federal Funding Dear Colleague Letter
Formula grants (ESEA Title I, II, III, IDEA, etc.) can be used to fund the transition to digital learning.
The Future Ready Pledge recognizes the importance of building human capacity within schools and districts for effectively using increased connectivity and new devices to transform teaching and learning.
This guide provides practical, actionable information intended to help district leaders (superintendents, principals, and teacher leaders) navigate the many decisions required to deliver cutting-edge connectivity to students.
Superintendents discuss how and why they are connected, and why they believe their students must be connected during the May 2014 technical working group.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will invest $2 billion over the next two years to dramatically expand high-speed Internet connectivity for America’s schools and libraries — connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless.
In the News
- Summary: E-Rate Modernization Order (July 11, 2014)
- FCC Approves E-Rate Funding Increase, Edweek (December 11, 2014)
- FCC E-Rate Conference Call with Secretary Duncan, Chairman Wheeler & FCC team (December 18, 2014)
ConnectED Private Sector Commitments
Over $2 billion of private sector commitments have been made in support of the ConnectED Initiative. Companies are providing software, hardware, connectivity, and digital media to support the transition to digital learning. Learn more about the ConnectED Initiative private sector commitments.