Infrastructure Survey

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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.

Key Findings

  • 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.


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