Our 3rd annual Infrastructure Survey (conducted in partnership with AASA and MDR) asked K-12 school leaders and technology directors from around America about the state of connectivity in their districts and the impact they have felt from last year's changes to the E-rate program. For three years straight, leaders identified affordability as the primary obstacle to robust connectivity. Download the full survey results for key findings about your peers' challenges and opportunities.
- For the third consecutive year, nearly half of school systems identified the cost of ongoing and recurring expenses as their biggest barrier to robust connectivity. More than one-third of districts also said that capital or upfront expenses are a challenge to increasing robust internet connectivity.
- Districts also face significant challenges with improving network speed and capacity and increasing competition for broadband services. Digital equity is a growing issue, particularly in terms of technology access outside of the classroom.
- Other major challenges include: network speed and capacity, lack of competition, and rising digital inequality
- The survey also highlights the impact of recent E-rate changes.
- The survey's 530 respondents hail from 48 states and represent a diverse mix of school sizes as well as urban, rural, and suburban locations. Their needs and priorities differ greatly, but common themes can be found for all ed tech leaders.