The Digital Equity Initiative
If you’re in an Arizona classroom, you can look to your left and right – and chances are you’ll see students without sufficient internet access at home. Between 21%-37% of Arizona’s students lack the connectivity needed for digital learning, according to research from Sun Corridor Network.
It will take a large-scale collaborative effort by local, state and national organizations to bridge this gap. Enter: The Digital Equity Initiative (DEI) – launched by Arizona State University (ASU), as a coordinated series of projects, collaborations, and programs that connect under and un-served communities to high-speed internet. Key to the success is equipping these communities with the resources and skill sets to be able to meaningfully participate in the increasingly digital world in which they work, learn, and live.
Technology is an enabler to accelerate access — and Siklu has provided both the tools and thought leadership to the DEI.
ASU’s change-making partnership with the Isaac Elementary School District, which is one of several K-8 school districts within the city limits of Phoenix, Arizona, exemplified the creative deployment of technology The District consists of 12 schools and this case study describes the use of Siklu mmWave technology, deployed by the Sun Corridor Network, to extend Gigabit- speed Internet access from the Moya Elementary School to its students.
Sun Corridor Network (SCN), Arizona’s Research and Education Network, currently serves the three state universities and other educational institutions across the state of Arizona. SCN’s mission is to expand access to unserved and underserved communities by applying emerging cyberinfrastructure technologies and educational experiences that make the internet easy to use.