Rogers partners with Toronto District School Board to deliver Canada’s fastest Internet* to local students
Pilot project will bring Rogers Ignite Gigabit Internet to 20 TDSB locations at no cost Rogers has completed world’s largest DOCSIS 3.1 rollout to deliver consistently fast, more robust InternetTORONTO, March 30, 2017 /CNW/ – Today, Rogers Communications announced a new three-year pilot program at 20 Toronto District School Board (TDSB) locations to bring students Rogers Ignite Gigabit Internet, the company’s fastest available speed, with unlimited data. This pilot program will deliver top Internet speeds up to 55 times faster than those currently in these TDSB locations, allowing students access to leading digital programs and classroom technologies. “Today’s classrooms are more technology driven than ever,” said Dirk Woessner, President, Consumer Business Unit, Rogers Communications. “With our Gigabit speeds, students will have the connectivity to access the best online resources and tools to prepare them for today’s digital economy. Like our Connected for Success Program, this is another way we’re helping bridge the digital divide.” An Ontario Ministry of Education report  looked at the importance of accelerating digital literacy. More than 70 per cent of Ontario schools do not have the recommended minimum bandwidth capacity of 1Mbps per student to support new classroom technologies, and 90 per cent of schools have outdated and inefficient network setups. “To help our students thrive in school and the global community, equipping them with the best tools – including the fastest Internet available today – is essential to meet the needs of our students as global learners,” added Peter Singh, Chief Technology Officer, Toronto District School Board. “This Gigabit pilot will make a meaningful difference in how students access, engage with and learn through technology.” For this pilot the TDSB identified locations most urgently in need of an upgrade. With the capacity for multiple simultaneous users, and freedom from data caps and slow downloads, the pilot enables the TDSB to provide innovative programming in schools, language centres, and employment programs helping:
- Students access online resources like virtual museums and science labs, research tools, or Google Classroom.
- Students connect with targeted learning tools like audio books and apps to improve English literacy, fluency and numeracy.
- Students of all ages learn about future school or career opportunities at colleges, universities, apprenticeships, or employment using tools like video conferencing.