Yavapai County Schools to Get High-Speed Internet Access

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Yavapai County Schools to Get High-Speed Internet Access

High speed internet access is coming to local schools in Yavapai County.

At the Board of Supervisors meeting on Feb. 7th, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter presented the award of a $1.8 million Broadband Initiative Grant, designed to bring high-speed internet access to underserved and rural areas. ​The Yavapai County  Education Technology Consortium will benefit tremendously from this and the e-Rate program, which will cover up to 100% of the construction costs to bring high speed, low cost, fiber-based internet access to public and charter schools and libraries within the county.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) are making it possible to provide high-speed internet to rural schools. The FCC will pay for construction of new Fiber optic lines if the state agrees to provide funds to cover 10% of the cost.

61 schools across Yavapai County will receive high-speed internet service within the next year to 18 months, including at least three facilities that had no access and several that were paying far too much for slow service. This is a huge change for a district that had to start downloads days in advance so kids could watch educational material the next day. None of the county’s schools currently meet the FCC recommendations for bandwidth so this upgrade will make a big difference.

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