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Huntsville City Schools supplies free at home internet to students

The wireless hot spots are for students who don't have internet access at home.

Posted: Nov 28, 2017 9:46 PM
Updated: Nov 28, 2017 10:56 PM

Huntsville City Schools teamed up with T-Mobile to supply free internet to students in the district who don't have it at home.

Parents of students picked up a mobile hot spot Tuesday at Morris Elementary school.

The hot spots are all paid for by the EmpoweredED grant from T-Mobile.

All students grade 3 through 12 are eligible for the program.

Parents just have to agree to the rules.

It will only be used for academic purposes.

Students can't bring them to school.

And that they must be returned to the district is they leave Huntsville City Schools.

If they do that their child gets free internet access for 2 years.

"It's extremely important. We want all of our students, they have a device that they goes home with them. The device is only as powerful as if they have a connection to the internet, so they'll have access to 24/7, anytime, anywhere, learning and that's really our goal," Heather Bender, who is the Director of Network Learning and IT for Huntsville City Schools.

The district gives out roughly 17,000 laptops for students to take home every year.

They have a goal of handing out over 3,000 hot spots before the sign up period ends on December 8Th, so if your student needs one just talk to the front office at their school.

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