Thousands of Maine students will receive free home internet access for laptop computers assigned by their schools, thanks to about $5 million worth of cash and in-kind donations, departing Gov. Angus King announced Jan. 2.

King, the leading proponent of the first statewide program to provide a laptop computer for every middle school student, said he will "put my money where my mouth is" and contribute $100,000 of the total himself.

About 18,000 laptops were delivered in September to seventh-graders and teachers in 239 Maine schools, and another 18,000 will

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