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The “K-12 Bridge to Broadband Initiative”: Learn How to Partner with Local School Districts to Meet Students’ Home Broadband Needs
On this webinar, representatives from the EducationSuperHighway will introduce ACA Connects members to the K-12 Bridge to Broadband Initiative, which provides a framework for Internet service providers and school districts to work together to get students connected and close the “homework gap.”

As schools turn to broadband for remote learning, they face the problem that many students lack broadband connections at home. School districts are obtaining funding from various sources to support these students, but they need the help of local broadband providers to identify which students lack connectivity and to provide the service. At the same time, there may be service providers that wish to partner more closely with local schools to meet their broadband needs but are unsure how best to engage.

The K-12 Bridge to Broadband Initiative is aimed at fostering these partnerships. Under this new program, participating service providers agree to create a “sponsored service” offering that enables school districts or states to purchase home Internet connections for their students who lack broadband subscriptions. Providers help districts and states identify which students lack home Internet connections through the confidential exchange of address and service data.

This K-12 Bridge to Broadband Initiative is an exciting opportunity for ACA Connects members to serve their communities by connecting students with online learning. We are pleased to join the EducationSuperHighway in promoting this effort, and we are hopeful that many ACA Connects members will decide to participate. The first step is to join this webinar and learn more about the initiative directly from its creators.

You can find more information on the K-12 Bridge to Broadband Initiative, including a short video introduction and a list of guiding principles for the initiative, here: https://digitalbridgek12.org/k-12-bridge-to-broadband-program/.

ACA Connects webinars are free for ACA Connects members.

Sep 24, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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