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Solving the Wi-Fi Gap in U.S. Schools

11 Apr 2016 by Shay Moser

Though EducationSuperHighway’s “2015 State of the States” report finds 77% of school districts meet FCC’s 100 kbps necessary for digital learning — 21 million American K–12 students still lack adequate Internet access. Only 9% of districts meet the FCC’s 2018 goal to double the rate. The biggest hurdle: cost. That’s according to the Consortium for School Networking’s third annual “E-rate and Infrastructure” report.

Insight’s Senior Architect Duane Wheeler says, “If things were working great, we wouldn’t be talking about it. Schools are having challenges right now, and that all gets to picking the right solution.”

Wheeler suggests a way to solve the Wi-Fi gap in schools. You’ve probably heard of the Pareto principle — otherwise known as the 80/20 rule. The theory maintains that 80% of the output from a given situation or system is determined by 20% of the input.

Watch the video to hear how Wheeler applies the Pareto principle to close the gap in Wi-Fi connections in U.S. schools:

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