Arkansas Schools Reach an Internet Milestone
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday the completion of the Arkansas Public School Computer Network, a high-speed broadband upgrade for every public school in the state.
The completion of the two-year project means the delivery of secure, high-speed broadband to 293 public schools, charter schools, education-service cooperatives and telecommunications providers statewide.
Arkansas is now one of six states in the nation to achieve at least 100 kilobits per second per student in 100 percent of its school districts, according to the governor’s office. The state not only met that standard but doubled it, providing a minimum of 200 kbps per student. The new system is 40 times faster than the previous network.