SETDA Applauds ConnectALL
March 10, 2016 by Tracy Weeks
On March 9, 2016, President Obama unveiled the ConnectALL Initiative, which aims to ensure that all Americans, including low-income families, have broadband access to the Internet. ConnectALL is the next step towards digital equity and follows the President’s ConnectED and ConnectHOME initiatives. All three connectivity projects are critical towards allowing all students, regardless of income level, to leverage digital tools both at school and at home. ConnectALL recommends to the FCC a reform of a $1.5 billion subsidy to help low-income households get online via the Lifeline program.
SETDA remains committed to equity of access as outlined in the Broadband Imperative and supported by E-Rate Modernization Resources. A major roadblock in the Navigation of the Digital Shift for states has been extending access to broadband in the home for all students. Lack of access outside of school serves only to increase the digital divide. If learning is to be personalized for every student, they must be able to access high quality resources and tools both inside and outside of the school building. ConnectALL is a promising effort to ensure all students have the broadband access they need to prepare for college and career.