Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG 1.0)
Recognizing the need for adequate infrastructure to support computer-based assessments, Governor Brown included $26,689,000 (Senate Bill 852) in one-time funding in the 2014-15 budget to support broadband infrastructure improvement grants. In addition to the infrastructure grants, the language also requires the completion of a statewide report of network connectivity infrastructure by the California K-12 High-Speed Network (K12HSN) in consultation with the Department of Education and the State Board of Education.
After reviewing school sites with identified needs, the K12HSN in partnership with the Department of Education, the State Board of Education and the Corporation for Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) will implement new connections for sites: 1) that were deemed eligible based on difficulty administering the upcoming computer adaptive testing; 2) for which commercial providers submitted viable bids for services; and 3) that are willing to commit to the on-going costs of maintaining the connection once the grant period has expired. The K12HSN and CENIC will be entering into contracts for services with installation dates as early as possible for sites meeting these conditions.
Questions related to the program may be directed to the K-12 High Speed Network.
Phone: (760) 312-6227