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Educational institutions using broadband need CIPA-compliant solutions

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In this digital age, internet access has become an essential tool for learning in educational institutions. With access to a wealth of information and resources, students are equipped with valuable tools to enhance their education. However, with such access comes the potential for exposure to harmful online content, cyberbullying, and other online dangers.

In response to these concerns, the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000. The purpose of CIPA is to promote internet safety for minors in schools and libraries by implementing internet safety policies and technology protection measures.

Any institution that leverages E-rate discounts is required to meet the CIPA requirements to do so. E-rate is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides discounts to schools and libraries for telecommunication services and internet access.

Requirements include policies, technologies, and instruction

There are three primary requirements for CIPA compliance:

  • Internet safety policies
  • Technology protection measures
  • Education about appropriate online behavior

Internet safety policies include a set of rules and guidelines that outline acceptable and safe internet use for minors. These policies must also include measures to prevent access to harmful or inappropriate online content, such as pornography and websites that promote violence or drug use.

Technology protection measures refer to filters or other technology that blocks access to these types of websites. These measures must also be provided when using school or library computers with internet access and can also be applied to devices like smartphones provided by educational institutions.

Lastly, educational institutions must provide instruction to minors about appropriate online behavior, including safe and responsible internet use, cyberbullying awareness, and avoiding online predators.

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Inseego can help your company achieve CIPA compliance

As a leading provider of secure, reliable, and innovative wireless network solutions, Inseego is committed to supporting educational institutions in their mission to provide safe and productive internet access for their students. That's why our software solutions are specifically designed to help meet the requirements of CIPA. Our SD-EDGE software allows for complete control over web filtering, monitoring, and traffic routing so that you can stop undesired uses and unauthorized access of your network. By pairing our solutions with a CIPA-compliant system, you can rest assured knowing that we have you covered for both connection and network visibility.

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Inseego’s 5G fixed wireless access solutions are also E-rate program compliant, making them ideal for schools looking to modernize their internet infrastructure. By using Inseego devices, schools can not only provide reliable and high-speed internet to their students but also qualify for E-rate funding, helping them maximize their technology budgets and invest in the future of education.

Inseego solutions are field-tested and proven

Many educational institutions and organizations have leveraged Inseego wireless network solutions to provide internet access to their students.

For example, in 2020, Inseego partnered with The Source for Learning, a Virginia-based nonprofit organization that provides educational resources and tools for K-12 schools, school districts, and public libraries. The organization was facing a significant challenge providing equitable access to the internet for all students, especially those in underserved and rural areas.

Based on our in-depth understanding of CIPA compliance and expertise in providing reliable and secure wireless internet solutions, we were able to address The Source for Learning’s requirements. Inseego’s advanced in-building and outdoor Wi-Fi solutions were deployed to provide service coverage in schools and libraries. Content filtering and monitoring tools were integrated to comply with CIPA requirements.

With this deployment, The Source for Learning was able to address the access gap for students, who were unable to complete homework because of differing levels of internet access at home. The in-school access ensured that all students could complete homework at school, and provided equal learning opportunities for all students, regardless of income level.

Learn more about our case study with Source for Learning

Partner with Inseego for an industry-leading and CIPA-compliant 5G solution

Inseego provides wireless network solutions that aid in meeting CIPA requirements and support educational institutions in their mission to provide secure and reliable internet access for students.

As a leader in 5G wireless network solutions, we offer the most advanced 5G routers, CPEs, and gateways. Our products are equipped with 5G NR (New Radio) technology, allowing them to support speeds up to 1.8 Gbps, with low latency and endless scalability. This makes it easier for any educational institution to build a reliable 5G network anywhere.

In addition, Inseego offers a suite of Cloud Wireless Management solutions that make it easier to build and manage large-scale 5G networks. With these tools, schools can quickly and easily configure and manage their CIPA-compliant 5G networks.

Contact us to learn more about how our solutions help you achieve CIPA-compliance, so your students learn and achieve more.

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