- Why Broadband to rural Oregon schools matters: High speed, broadband creates access to assessments, essential data, and information needed by Administrators, Parents, Teachers and students.
Teachers and students need access in class and at home to engage in 21st century teaching and learning, including online learning communities, digital media, essential applications and tools.
What schools Need to Educate their Students:
External Internet connection to the Internet Service Provider of at least 10 Mbps per 1,000 students & staff for 350 underserved schools
Internal Wide Area Network (district to each school & school to school) of at least 10 Mbps per 1,000 students & staff.
The school infrastructure to access the new connectivity. Without schools being provided with the minimal School network and secure wireless equipment, they will not commit to becoming the long term consumers. Without anchor tenants, the Telco’s cannot afford to provided community services to health care providers and small businesses.
- Who will be served: 106,777 students, 15,498 educators 350 schools.
- How it is sustainable: 350 schools and their ESDs become ongoing anchor tenets in 350 underserved areas. Once the construction is completed to get to these areas the infrastructure becomes accessible to other public and private organizations.
- How schools will Benefit These 350 schools will now be able to accommodate the requirements of online testing and begin to provide 21st century learning by accessing digital education applications and content. Teachers will be able to integrate student achievement data into individual student instruction.
- Attached is the list of 350 schools who currently do not have Broadband Network Access. The list is taken from the information submited to the EESC by ESDs and Districts for the 2008 Last Mile Study Update. The list is undergoing a verification review to account for lasped time and potential network improvements.