CENTENNIAL BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
EAGLE-Net has developed a public/private/state partnership to bring broadband service to school districts, libraries, and community anchor institutions across Colorado. The project addresses the lack of affordable high-capacity broadband access at many rural and underserved school districts and educational institutions, many of which currently rely on outdated copper-based telecommunications facilities. The Educational Access Gateway Learning Environment Network (EAGLE-Net) will be a hybrid of more than 1,600 miles of terrestrial fiber and 3,000 miles of microwave wireless broadband expanding services across each of Colorado’s 64 counties. Among the approximately 234 institutions to be connected at speeds from 10 Mbps to 1 Gbps are 178 school districts, 26 libraries, 15 community colleges, and 3 universities, including the University of Northern Colorado, Air Force Academy and Colorado College. The school districts to be served initially represent more than 1,100 schools and 685,000 students (with growth to over 1,700 schools and 830,000 students), many from economically vulnerable populations, including Hispanics and other English-second-language users, African-Americans, Native Americans, low-income and at-risk youth.