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Helping students by helping schools reach 10 Mbps.

Established in 2014 by the Alaska State Legislature, the School Broadband Assistance Grant (BAG) program was created to assist schools to reach internet download speeds of 10 Mbps. Grant funds may be used to cover eligible costs incurred by the school districts for their schools that have less than 10 Mbps download speeds each fiscal year.


  • $1.3 M
    awarded in 2018-19

  • 20
    districts received awards

  • 80
    schools reached 10 Mbps

Application

The School BAG grant application period is currently closed.

Reporting

The FY2020 School Broadband Assistance Grant (BAG) Report is due on April 15, 2020. Please email your report to Janet Madsen.

Impact on Alaska's School Libraries

Access to the additional bandwidth provided by the School BAG Grant has allowed our staff and students to engage in online educational opportunities in a way that was not previously possible. Additionally, without the bandwidth provided by the School BAG grant, online student testing, including PEAKS, would probably not be feasible.

Les Parks, Southwest Region School District

The School Broadband Assistance Grant, together with the Online with Libraries and E-Rate subsidy, has enabled our school district/public library consortium to maintain a 20 Mbps/7 Mbps shared connection. Without the BAG, our students' access to the learning opportunities delivered via broadband internet would be severely limited.

John Conwell, Unalaska City School District

I would like to express my appreciation for the support YKSD has received through the Broadband Assistance Grant Program. YKSD has improved its broadband capacity considerably, all schools to 10 megabits has enabled our district to provide meaningful professional development and additional educational opportunities through the increased access connectivity. Leveraging BAG with the E-rate program has been one of the most valuable programs for YKSD. Thank you.

Jenny Martens, YKSD

FY15 - FY19 School BAG Statistics

FY15-FY19 funds awarded to school districts.
School District

FY2015 Awards

after Refunds

FY2016 Awards

after Refunds

FY2017 Awards

after Refunds

FY2018 Awards

after Refunds

FY2019 Awards

after Refunds

Alaska Gateway $1,135 $78,291 $80,060 $80,060 $55.252.00
Aleutian Region $211,681 $28,280 $28,919 $28,919 $28,919.00
Aleutians East $130,250 $130,646 $99,996 $44,028 NA
Bering Strait $75,427 $18,739 $23,297 $4,190 NA
Bristol Bay $83,638 $50,722 $2,508 NA $36,650
Chatham NA $52,808 $69,516 $69,516 $42,072
Chugach $172,782 $29,633 $79,821 $30,303 $30,303
Dillingham $149,903 $34,087 $17,564 $25,812 $19,913
Hoonah City NA $12,836 $21,863 NA NA
Iditarod $209,841 $79,534 $35,477 $154,398 $135,198
Kashunamiut $33,233 NA NA $162 NA
Kenai Peninsula $21,687 $23,421 $24,521 $6,115 $6,115
Kodiak Island NA $11,706 $14,920 $81,082 $25,946
Kuspuk $147,844 $203,252 $324,670 $409,170 $365,333
Lake and Peninsula $317,705 $231,998 $94,608 $289,008 $5,047
Lower Kuskokwim NA $342,045 $410,454 NA NA
Nome NA $137,215 $202,498 $165,580 NA
North Slope $238,217 $147,754 $151,093 $146,533 NA
Northwest Arctic $480,015 $56,846 $58,130 $44,024 NA
Pelican NA NA $6,168 $4,508 NA
Pribilof $19,991 $49,031 $53,265 $32,033 $32,033
Saint Mary's $66,090 $15,735 $16,091 $13,283 $13,283
Southeast Island $392,114 $232,149 $11,441 $58,027

$58,027

Southwest Region $540,681 $167,477 $163,546 $166,956 $161,956
Tanana City $79,224 $48,988 $48,060 $41,244 $41,244
Unalaska $46,328 $75,734 $50,927 $50,927 $50,831
Yakutat $24,719 $7,334 $8,146 NA NA
Yukon Flats NA $54,567 $5,520 $6,624 $5,520
Yukon-Koyukuk $127,392 $219,969 $243,000 $232,002 $203,351
Yupiit $102,327 $63,889 $31,042 $25,915 $25,915
Total $3,672,224 $2,600,326 $2,377,121 $2,210,419 $1,342,908