internet access

Columbus City Schools Board of Education
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With all Columbus City Schools students attending at least some of their classes online in the fall, the city is using $7 million of federal coronavirus relief money to supply students with Chromebooks.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, left, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.
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Ohio's U.S. Senators are calling on Congress to expand broadband around the country, noting the growing importance the internet has played during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A girl writing in a notebook in front of a tablet.
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Cleveland Metropolitan School District found that some families struggled to adapt to remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic, revealing big differences in success based on a student’s grade level, access to technology and family income.

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Nearly 1 million Ohio households lack reliable broadband service, including 300,000 who don’t have any service at all. The Ohio House has passed a bill that would help expand broadband, and it's now up to Senators to pass the plan.

In this Thursday, March 26, 2020, photo, this wi-fi-enabled school bus, seen at an apartment complex in Winnsboro, S.C., is one of many being sent to rural and lower-income areas around South Carolina to help students with distance learning.
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With Ohio’s schools closed and lessons moved online for the rest of the academic year, most kids are spending more time on the computer. Millions of Ohioans are working from home.

School district administrations throughout Ohio are “probably relieved” Gov. Mike DeWine made the call to keep students at K-12 schools out of the classroom for the remainder of the school year, Akron Public Schools spokesperson Mark Williamson speculated Tuesday, especially when reopening schools May 1 would have invited so many difficult questions with such short notice.

A Hilliard schools student completes classroom work with an iPad.
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Nearly a million Ohioans lack access to high-speed Internet. So doing schoolwork or regular work online is not an option unless users go in search of WiFi hotspots.

The pandemic has magnified a problem the state has struggled to solve.

Columbus City Schools District Office.
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The Columbus Board of Education has approved a $35,000 deal with Verizon to help get local students internet access.

View of the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Center, which also houses an antenna to support local internet coverage.
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Computer trainer and former library aide Shenee King has a bird’s eye view when it comes to digital inequity.