Virginia has 59 districts with slow internet - here are the 10 slowest

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October 14, 2022
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Virginia has 59 districts with slow internet - here are the 10 slowest

Access to high-speed internet in schools has come a long way in the last decade. In 2013, 70% of U.S. schools lacked an internet connection of 100 Kbps per student, the minimum speed the Federal Communication Commission set to meet basic classroom needs. By 2018, fewer than 2% of schools failed to meet that threshold.

As more schools integrate technology into the classroom, the need for fast, reliable internet is even greater. In 2020, the FCC upped the bandwidth minimum to 1 Mbps per student—10 times faster than the previous minimum. Nearly 6 in 10 school districts met or exceeded that benchmark in 2021—a 25% increase year over year, according to an analysis from Connect K-12.

Nearly 28 million U.S. students attend schools where internet speeds do not meet the FCC guidelines.

Stacker compiled a list of school districts in Virginia with the slowest internet speeds using data from Connect K-12. School districts are ranked by internet speed in Mbps. Ties are broken by the number of students in the school district.

#10. Wythe County School District
- Bandwidth per student: 0.31 Mbps
- Total students: 4,099
- Cost per Mbps: $3.56
- Total monthly cost: $3,919.99

#9. Carroll County School District
- Bandwidth per student: 0.3 Mbps
- Total students: 3,726
- Cost per Mbps: $1.62
- Total monthly cost: $1,615.00

#8. Pittsylvania County Public Schools
- Bandwidth per student: 0.29 Mbps
- Total students: 9,004
- Cost per Mbps: $1.65
- Total monthly cost: $3,300.00

#7. Amherst County Public School Division
- Bandwidth per student: 0.27 Mbps
- Total students: 4,146
- Cost per Mbps: $4.7
- Total monthly cost: $4,700.00

#6. Hopewell City School District
- Bandwidth per student: 0.27 Mbps
- Total students: 4,272
- Cost per Mbps: $1.3
- Total monthly cost: $1,303.00

#5. Craig County Public Schools
- Bandwidth per student: 0.26 Mbps
- Total students: 590
- Cost per Mbps: $6.77
- Total monthly cost: $1,050.00

#4. Floyd County School Division
- Bandwidth per student: 0.26 Mbps
- Total students: 1,912
- Cost per Mbps: $3.05
- Total monthly cost: $1,525.00

#3. Mecklenburg County School District
- Bandwidth per student: 0.26 Mbps
- Total students: 4,393
- Cost per Mbps: $2.53
- Total monthly cost: $2,525.00

#2. Botetourt County School District
- Bandwidth per student: 0.25 Mbps
- Total students: 4,570
- Cost per Mbps: $1.35
- Total monthly cost: $1,350.00

#1. Accomack County School District
- Bandwidth per student: 0.18 Mbps
- Total students: 5,309
- Cost per Mbps: $7.2
- Total monthly cost: $5,760.00

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