Case Study: Canutillo Independent School District, Texas

Texas school district reimagines learning

Canutillo Independent School District in Texas has created a blueprint to bring internet access to students. Learn how Cisco IoT solutions are helping the district close the digital divide.



  • The COVID-19 pandemic created a shift from the physical classroom to distance learning
  • 70 percent of students in the school district do not have internet access at home
  • Parking lots that were repurposed as Wi-Fi hotspots for students posed potential safety issues


  • An extended network is being deployed and tested in the first cluster of homes
  • The pilot will be replicated across eight other clusters of homes
  • More children and families will have at-home connectivity

What they're saying

So often, people will tell you why something can’t be done or all the things that can go wrong. That wasn’t the case with Cisco. They joined forces with us and said, let’s try it, let’s see what’s out there.

Oscar Rico, EdD., Executive Director of Technology, Canutillo Independent School District

Who is Canutillo Independent School District?

Industry: Education
Location: Texas, US
Size: 6,200 students across 10 schools