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June 21, 2021 | Tom Ballard

HCS EdConnect installs internet service in more than a third of homes of Hamilton County Schools students

Less than a year since its launch, HCS EdConnect, powered by Chattanooga’s EPB, reports that it has installed internet at no charge in the homes of more than a third of all Hamilton County Schools students.

That accomplishment marks an unprecedented leap in closing the digital divide, EPB officials said. Before the program’s launch, they estimated that up to one-third of Hamilton County Schools students did not have internet access at home.

Now, more than 14,000 students have enrolled, who together with their household members, represent more than 25,000 people who now have internet access through HCS EdConnect.  Students who are on free or reduced lunch or whose families receive SNAP benefits are eligible for the program, which installs internet service with at least 100 Mbps from EPB in each qualifying child’s home.

You can learn more about the progress by reading this news release (HCS EdConnect powered by EPB year one update press release) from EPB.

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