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May 17, 2020 | Tom Ballard

North Carolina turning school buses into mobile WiFi access points

Talk about a way to turn lemons into lemonade when the digital divide has never been more noticeable.

AT&T, Google and the Duke Energy Foundation are providing nearly 300 WiFi hot spots that will allow about 280 school buses in North Carolina to become rolling access points for students living in rural communities without access to the internet. How will it work?

  • Buses will travel to underserved areas and park in designated locations, such as a school nutrition meal distribution site or a grocery store.
  • Students can then drive-up and use the temporary access to turn in assignments, download materials and connect with teachers.

WiFi access is also available for all residents to connect to healthcare providers, apply for unemployment, and access other critical information and services while exercising appropriate social distancing precautions.

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