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Baldwin school system installing “hotspot buses”

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The Baldwin County School District recently became on of 36 school districts in the state that will be receiving Wi-Fi Rangers Hotspots from AT&T. Gov. Brian Kemp announced a donation from AT&T, the Innovation Fund Foundation (IFF) and the Georgia Foundation for Public Education. The donation will be used to deploy 448 Wi-Fi Rangers to school districts, filling the internet connectivity gap for thousands of students in rural areas, tripling the number of Wi-Fi buses in the state.

After reviewing the needs of the Baldwin County School District, the decision was made to award Baldwin schools a grant of 24 Wi-Fi Ranger Teton C-19 Hotspots for the purpose of creating internet-enabled school buses for children in the school district. Each Wi-Fi Ranger can enable internet connections for up to 45 devices at one time.

“This will definitely be a game changer for our school district, especially after what we have learned about the needs of our students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The school closure made us realize that there is a definite digital divide among our students. We realized that it was particularly difficult for close to fifty percent of our students to have access to the internet,” said Superintendent Dr. Noris Price.

In addition to the Wi-Fi provided by the grant, the school system will also purchase antennas to place outside of the schools to provide parents drive up access to internet service.

Wi-Fi hotspots will also be purchased for students to check out if they lack connectivity. In order for our students to continue to succeed, our goal is to make sure they all have ample access to these services.