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The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure NeedsMay 22, 2012The report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA; U.S.) examines current trends driving the need for more broadband in teaching, learning, and school operations; provides state and district examples of the impact of robust deployment of broadband; and offers specific recommendations for the broadband capacity needed to ensure all students have access to the tools and resources they need to be college and career ready.Given existing trends and the experiences of leading states and districts, SETDA recommends that schools will need external Internet connections to their Internet service provider of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students and staff by 2014-15 and of 1 Gbps per 1,000 students and staff by 2017-18.“Addressing teacher and student concerns regarding educational broadband reliability and speed is as critical as ensuring plumbing and electricity in schools. This report highlights the need for the federal government, states, districts and schools to invest not only in school broadband infrastructure but also more broadly to ensure students can access learning resources both in and out of school,” stated Douglas Levin, SETDA executive director. “Limited access to broadband must not become the stumbling block to helping all students make the most of their talents and abilities.”