Improving Broadband Access for Schools Across Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Department of Education unites forces with Education Superhighway to provide high speed internet to students across the state.

The governor announcing the partnership with the national non-profit today.

The Arkansas Legislative Council's Executive Committee is in the second phase of a study on how to upgrade internet access in every classroom across the state.

The estimated $200,000 study will pay for consultants to go inside classrooms and see how well the schools are utilizing the internet and where improvements can be made.

"Technology is one of those things that just changes exponentially. I mean what you think is great technology now is going to be outdated probably in 12 to 18 months," says Mark Lowery.

To make it happen the governor said the state could reallocate $15M dollars now spent on copper based internet connections and use that money along with federal funds to build a high speed fiber network.

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