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Report: Some Western Pa. schools need faster internet

Jamie Martines
| Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, 1:03 p.m.
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About a third of Pennsylvania's schools need better Wi-Fi access, according to data from the Education Superhighway, a nonprofit focused on tracking internet access for schools across the country.

Pennsylvania outperformed 13 other states when ranked for overall connectivity, which measures the percentage of school districts meeting an internet speed goal of 100 kbps per student. Of the state's 500 school districts, 459 met this goal.

The data also showed that seven of Westmoreland County's 17 school districts could use a bandwidth upgrade. In other words, students need faster internet in order to make digital and online learning more efficient.

Education Superhighway estimates that there are still 6.5 million students nationwide that do not have adequate access to the internet at school. This could limit their ability to prepare for college or careers after high school, the report said.

About 75 percent of schools nationwide that do not have fiber networks, technology that is necessary to support larger bandwidth needs, are concentrated in rural areas or small towns, the report said.

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Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at jmartines@tribweb.com, 724-850-2867 or on Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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