Grant funds will make it possible for the Logansport Community School Corporation to provide internet service to many students who do not already have access.
According to Bailey Record, marketing director, the corporation recently received free hotspots through Project 10 Million by T-Mobile. Distribution of hotspots is expected to begin after students return from Thanksgiving break.
“The corporation offers a one-to-one technology program, but over 150 families indicated during school registration they do not have high-speed internet at home,” Record said in a news release. “Having the ability to offer hotspots to families without high-speed internet access will help bridge an educational gap that exists when remote learning or e-learning is required during the school year.”
Funds from the GEER grant for connectivity will provide the corporation with unlimited data for hotspots through June 2021, she stated, adding that each hotspot will have a CIPA internet filter to block streaming websites and other frequently used browsers to encourage usage for educational purposes only.
T-Mobile will provide direct technical support to families with hotspots as needed.
According to a 2016 Pew Research Center study, one-fifth of adults who lived in households with annual incomes less than $30,000 were “smartphone-only” internet users, meaning they own a smartphone but do not have broadband internet or a device at home.
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