Helping students and teachers stay online has been a challenge for school districts across the state. Most cite a lack of bandwidth used to transfer data from one point to another.
The school system has invested in what’s called dark fiber or the laying of dark fiber lines across the city. It will allow for faster and stronger internet signals in schools.
“I’d liken it to the equivalent of going from one lane on a highway, so we are at one gig right now. Once we actualize all the work and it’s completed, we go to 10 gigs, so just imagine us going from one lane to 10 lanes,” Rading said.
“Broadband is very critical to education,” said Kendrick Gordon, director of the Office of Statewide Broadband. “What we have done is made a lot of progress in identifying needs and now we’re starting to address those needs, so we’ve come a long ways as far as our understanding what our needs are.”