During a board of supervisors meeting this past week, the county’s economic development director, Brian Hamilton, said Louisa County is an example for a temporary solution that could at least serve the needs of public school students who live in homes without access to reliable internet.
Louisa County Public Schools runs an initiative called Wireless on Wheels that places wireless units on solar panel-equipped carts and provides a signal within a 200-foot radius, according to the program’s website. The signal is capable of supporting approximately five devices at once, and the units require a parking space, according to the website.
The units aim to supplement the already established wireless zones at LCPS schools and address the dearth of internet services in rural locations.
Hamilton told Montgomery supervisors that Louisa County has two dozen of the carts.
Each cart, which would provide free service to students, costs $2,500, Montgomery County officials said.
In response to further questions, Hamilton said the carts generally go on school property or county property such as fire and rescue department space. He said Louisa also worked with grocery stores.
Hamilton, however, did say that the carts, due to their build, carry a lifespan of about a year.
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