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Microsoft to use TV white space to put wi-fi on rural school buses

from EdTech Magazine

Microsoft wants to outfit school buses in Hillman, Mich., with high-speed internet to help bridge the "homework gap" that many rural students face because of lack of internet access at home. The tech giant plans to use empty television airwaves to accomplish this mission. More than a third of all rural Americans — including about 5 million households with school-aged children — do not have high-speed internet at home, according to Pew Research Center. Yet nearly three-fourths of all teachers assign homework that requires a connection, the Federal Communications Commission has said. It's not always practical or possible for children to get to a place that has wi-fi to complete their homework. And without this access, many students fall behind. more


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