Model & Strategy

EducationSuperHighway’s (ESH) mission is to close the K-12 digital divide so that every student has equal access to personalized learning, compelling curricula and great teachers. Digital learning has the power to restore America’s public schools to excellence — but only if schools have high-speed Internet access and robust Wi-Fi networks. Unfortunately, 80% of schools lack this infrastructure, thus leaving behind 40 million students. ESH is catalyzing existing resources to close this digital divide. ESH tests broadband at America’s K-12 schools, provides technical & procurement expertise and increases pricing transparency to lower cost. Using data-based advocacy, ESH maximizes the impact of the E-Rate program and facilitates the deployment of fiber and Wi-Fi in schools. ESH also catalyzed the launch of ConnectED, a Presidential initiative to upgrade the broadband in America’s K-12 schools.

At a Glance
Founded: 2012
Founder & CEO: Evan Marwell
Education
Location of work: Domestic, Northeast, West Coast, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast
EducationSuperHighway
San Francisco, CA
Internet infrastructure for America’s K-12 schools
Students working on computers
Evan Marwell
Meet Evan Marwell

Evan Marwell is the founder and CEO of EducationSuperHighway. Over the last 25 years Evan has been an entrepreneur starting companies in the telecommunications, software, hedge fund and consumer retailing industries including INFONXX (now KGB) and Criterion Capital Management. Collectively, these businesses have created thousands of jobs and generated billions of dollars of revenues and investment returns. Evan has served on the board of several for-profit and non-profit organizations and is currently the President of the Board of Trustees at the Katherine Delmar Burke School in San Francisco. At Burke’s, Evan discovered that the school’s efforts to leverage technology were being undermined by a lack of Internet infrastructure – a problem common to 80% of America’s K-12 schools. After relaying this issue to the White House, Evan was challenged to start a non-profit to upgrade the Internet infrastructure in America’s schools. A week later, he founded EducationSuperHighway and made closing the K-12 digital divide his full time mission.

IMPACT

Mission Accomplished! 99% of America’s schools are now connected to high-speed broadband.

42.3M students have been connected to high-speed broadband since 2013. The percentage of school districts meeting minimum connectivity targets has increased from 30% in 2013 to 99.2% in 2019.

99% of schools in the country now have a high-speed fiber connection, up from 71% in 2013.

The cost of Internet access has fallen 90% since 2013 from $22 per Mbps to $2.24 per Mbps in 2019.

82 governors from all 50 states partnered with ESH to upgrade all of the schools in their state.

ESH catalyzed the launch of ConnectED – a presidential initiative to upgrade the broadband in America’s K-12 schools and convinced the FCC to increase its annual investment in K-12 broadband by $2.5B per year.

  • Don't miss the 10/13 deadline to submit applications for the second round of funding for the Emergency Connectivity… https://t.co/VqIBS9CuU9
  • RT @clever: Great insight from Ellen Goldich of @EdSuperHighway on government programs:“It’s not just about getting the federal subsidies,…
  • RT @netinclusion: Today at 2 EST we're joining @clever for a #DIW2021 event with @Voqal @colwellmark @SeaPubSchools @BaltCitySchools and @E…
  • RT @Voqal: As part of #DIW2021, @Voqal's @colwellmark is joining a conversation with @clever, @netinclusion, @SeaPubSchools, @BaltCitySchoo…
  • Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Dirk Tillotson, a fierce advocate for digital equity and closing th… https://t.co/sOjWlXulO9
  • RT @bbcmag: @EdSuperHighway on the challenges with federal #broadband programs: "There are three reasons why do households not adopt broadb…
  • The second application filing window for the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program opens today. Schools have 15 days… https://t.co/ttah44CWo5
  • RT @TheView: .@VP @KamalaHarris on @TheView: "We are announcing today $1.2 billion going to over three million school children in America t…
  • Get ready to apply for the second round of the FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund. The second application filing win… https://t.co/46uKbDVcpJ
  • RT @JRosenworcelFCC: I’ve long spotlighted how the Homework Gap is one of the cruelest parts of the #digitaldivide. But now, the @FCC has n…
  • The second application filing window for the Emergency Connectivity Fund is Sept 28 - Oct 13. Use our free tools an… https://t.co/9DU5JGdmu8
  • Press Release: EducationSuperHighway welcomes Donna Rattley Washington, founder of the Student Internet Equity Coal… https://t.co/f4gkwaiewu
  • RT @FCC: Today @FCC announced it has received requests for $5.137 billion to fund 9.1 million connected devices and 5.4 million broadband c…
  • RT @FCC: The Emergency Connectivity Fund will reimburse schools and libraries a maximum of $400 for each laptop or tablet, and a maximum of…
  • The Emergency Connectivity Fund application window closes at 11:59PM ET this Friday. The fund can help close the… https://t.co/PMYTkT51jo
  • RT @FCC: Folks are heading back to school & we’re here to help! The Emergency Connectivity Fund provides relief to students, schools & libr…
  • The application deadline for the first wave of funding for the Emergency Connectivity Fund is next week. The fund h… https://t.co/XdETdFdnY6
  • RT @DPLeague: Thanks to @EdSuperHighway's Ellen Goldich for providing guidance to #DPLIS leaders on the @FCC's Emergency Connectivity Fund…
  • RT @CambiumNetworks: WIRELESS WORKS: EDUCATION CONNECTIVITY. Listen to our podcast as Atul Bhatnagar, Cambium and Evan Marwell, @EdSuperHig…
  • RT @FCC: You have less than a month to submit applications for the first wave of funding for the Emergency Connectivity Fund. This program…