Digital Arizona Program supports schools, school districts, Governor’s Office of Education Innovation (GOEI), and Arizona Department of Education by collecting, mapping, and analyzing information regarding the availability of Broadband capacity and services throughout Arizona. Specific data is collected and analyzed on an ongoing basis regarding existing and future requirements for Broadband capabilities for schools.
Numerous educational thought leaders in Arizona and throughout the country indicate that by 2017 schools will need to provide at least 1 Mbps of Broadband capacity per student to support modern curricula delivery.
Currently the median capacity for students in Arizona is 31 kpbs/student. Additionally preliminary data shows that Arizona schools on average are paying 10 times per Mbps/month more than similar best practices states such as Utah and Nebraska. It is believed that this is a direct result of the lack of investment in fiber infrastructure outside of metropolitan areas. By providing detailed market analysis and understanding the demand aggregation potential for clusters of rural communities and community anchor institutions the program can assist those providers and communities in developing investment models that can begin to solve Broadband capacity shortfalls over time.