The Arkansas Department of Education is proud to work alongside the Department of Information Systems to bring affordable, high-speed broadband to Arkansas’s public schools through an upgrade to the Arkansas Public School Computer Network (APSCN). This upgrade, led by DIS technicians, was procured in 2015 and was completed in 2017.
The upgrade brings changes to the way the federal E-rate program will benefit Arkansas. While school districts will still be able to request E-rate discounts on certain eligible purchases, discounts on broadband accessed via APSCN will be requested and received by DIS on behalf of the state. After accounting for E-rate discounts, it is expected that broadband over APSCN, at speeds up to 200 times faster than ever before, will come at no additional cost to state taxpayers.
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