Access where it matters the most.
Bridging the digital divide encompasses a greater scope than simply bringing technology to rural areas. The digital divide is about served and underserved. While overall urban populations have had technological opportunities in rural areas, there are still urban populations in the communities of Washington that do not have access to high-quality telecommunications services. NoaNet and it’s members aim to help bridge these divides through providing K-12 schools and other educational institutions with the resources to excel.
NoaNet works with schools and school districts to support next generations technologies, allowing the schools to focus on education instead of telecommunication services. Bringing bandwidth technologies that allow access to the internet into the classroom is critical for keeping up with the latest educational tools. Imagine a classroom where 30 devices can connect to the web and engage in learning interfaces together. Or a group of US students engaging in a discussion with scientists in Iceland. The possibilities are virtually limitless to the kinds of educational exchanges that can be shared to enrich classroom learning.
Washington state needs to have quality education extend beyond the large state universities. It extends into community colleges and other educational programs. NoaNet designed a network plan with the BTOP grant that connects all of the community colleges in Washington, allowing them to share data and research if desired. In addition to designing these future plans, we have been able to support these universities by providing libraries with broadband adoption as well as computer assistance, computer education classes, and training seminars.