In Cleveland, Verizon boasts ‘first’ 5G-powered middle school

The next generation of wireless technology is promised to enable new edtech as the company plans to bring 5G to 100 schools.
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A public charter school in Cleveland, Ohio, has partnered with Verizon to open a cutting edge innovation learning lab that will be powered with the new generation of wireless internet. According to the telecommunications giant, this makes E-Prep Cliffs the first middle school in the country to be powered by 5G.

5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology and is expected to be faster, more responsive, and capable of connecting more devices at once. The new technology will allow schools improve instruction and give them the opportunity to rethink how learning can be applied in the classroom, according to Verizon.

Educators at E-Prep Cliffs will now be able to use 5G technologies to change the way they teach and engage students, and they will have access to new learning applications such as those that include augmented and virtual reality. Students will be able to visit ends of the solar system, interact with living cells and meet underrepresented minority icons from history thanks to state of the art technology from Verizon.

By 2021, Verizon aims to bring 5G to 100 Title I middle schools across the United States and has committed $400 million to education innovation. By investing in 5G for education, the company says it strives to help close the digital divide, ensuring that all students and communities have access to technology.


Many rural school districts still struggle with implementing 4G internet technology due to high service costs, a challenge that will likely persist with 5G.

Betsy Foresman

Written by Betsy Foresman

Betsy Foresman was an education reporter for EdScoop from 2018 through early 2021, where she wrote about the virtues and challenges of innovative technology solutions used in higher education and K-12 spaces. Foresman also covered local government IT for StateScoop, on occasion. Foresman graduated from Texas Christian University in 2018 — go Frogs! — with a BA in journalism and psychology. During her senior year, she worked as an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and moved back to the capital after completing her degree because, like Shrek, she feels most at home in the swamp. Foresman previously worked at Scoop News Group as an editorial fellow.

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