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July 29, 2020 | Tom Ballard

Hamilton County Schools leveraging EPB network to address online needs of students from low-income families

Here’s some great news for K-12 students in Hamilton County from underserved populations and sections of the community, thanks to what Chattanooga does well – collaborating around critical community needs and leveraging technology.

Hamilton County Schools announced yesterday that the system is joining with EPB and other community partners “to ensure all students can access the internet for online learning as the COVID-19 crisis continues.” The announcement was made possible by support from local private and public partners and by having a community-wide fiber optic network in place. According to this article in The Chattanoogan, HCS EdConnect powered by EPB is a new initiative that will provide Internet services to about 28,500 economically challenged students in Hamilton County Schools in the Greater Chattanooga area – at no charge to the family. Families in the EPB service area with students who participate will receive a router and at least 100 Mbps internet service at no charge to them.

Click here to read the official news release on the project which Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke described as a first of its kind in the country.

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