Groups provide broadband to S.C. housing project

Novatel Wireless, Kajeet launch pilot project for educational broadband access

broadband-wirelessWireless service provider Kajeet, along with Novatel Wireless, are partnering with South Carolina’s Spartanburg School District Seven and the Spartanburg Housing Authority for a pilot program to provide students in public housing with filtered internet connectivity to access online textbooks, apps, emails, documents and websites, as well as communicate with their teachers.

Seven in 10 teachers assign homework that requires high-speed internet access, and yet, on average, only 30 percent of students can access the internet at home, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

In the past two years, Spartanburg School District Seven has attempted to put technology in the hands of all its children by providing all students in grades 3 through 12 with either an Apple iPad or MacBook Air.

Next page: District estimates about the number of students without home internet

Laura Ascione

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