No internet? The unusual ways some Kansas City area students access online classes

Knowing that several of his kids’ friends are relying on cellphone data or spotty internet to stream hours-long Zoom classes each day, Brian Connell decided to turn his Olathe basement into a classroom.

His family enjoys gigabit speed from Google Fiber. But he said many of his daughter’s classmates at Olathe North High School are hanging on by a thread, relying on sluggish internet to get through the school day. So he’s opened his doors, offering access to his Wi-Fi and extra computers.

“There’s a huge discrepancy,” he said. “We’re really worried about them. It’s not equal.”

But it’s not just a problem for some Olathe students: With most urban and suburban schools in the Kansas City area relying on virtual education or hybrid models of teaching during the pandemic, many local school systems and families have been scrambling to find ways to keep their kids connected — a

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Discounted Internet Available For Braintree Students In Need

a young boy using a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: The service will offer subsidized internet and speeds of 100 Mbps download and 30 Mbps upload for students enrolled in hybrid and remote learning

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The service will offer subsidized internet and speeds of 100 Mbps download and 30 Mbps upload for students enrolled in hybrid and remote learning

BRAINTREE, MA — Braintree Public Schools have partnered with the Braintree Electric Light Department to offer discounted high-speed internet for families struggling financially.

The service will offer subsidized internet and speeds of 100 Mbps download and 30 Mbps upload for students enrolled in hybrid and remote learning. Program participation is based on a qualification process administered by the Braintree Electric Light Department.

To qualify, families must complete the following process:

  • Contact the Braintree Electric Light Department’s support services manager, Gail Cohen at or 781-348-1125
  • BELD will confirm family address is serviceable by their system.
  • BELD will provide financial guidelines, application forms, and certification agency contact information.
  • The family would apply to the certification agency for qualification based on income.
  • Once the certification agency
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Google Fiber will start testing ‘2 Gigabit Internet’ for $100

In recent years, Alphabet’s Access division has dropped Fiber’s 100 Mbps plan and traditional TV to streamline offerings for new customers. Google Fiber announced today that it will start testing 2 gigabit plans next month.

This doubling is said to be for “customers in internet-intensive households who may need more than a gig to do their thing, whatever that may be.” It will cost $100 per month for 2 gigabits download and 1 gigabit uploads. This is only $30 more than the existing gigabit plan.

Subscribers will be provided with an unspecified Wi-Fi 6 router and mesh extender. Google Fiber says it can offer faster speeds due to its “approach to network design.”

Google Fiber networks are designed so there’s plenty of capacity to allow our customers, with the right in-home hardware, to reach 2 Gig (and even faster) speeds. Our approach to network design allows us to keep our

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Does your broadband need a boost? The best deals available for ‘superfast’ internet with a large chunk of people working from home

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Despite the Government encouraging workers to get back to the office, many continue to work from home, either full-time or part-time.

It may now mean households are on the hunt for faster and more reliable internet deal, with an increased strain on their service. 

Holly Niblett, head of digital at Compare the Market, said: ‘We have seen a huge increase in the number of people opting for superfast broadband as working from home has become the new norm for millions of workers. 

‘Superfast broadband has evolved from a luxury to a necessary utility for many households across the country, and as a result it should be accessible to the average household.’   

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There are a range of broadband deals on offer that those working from home could switch to

A range of new broadband deals have entered

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High speed internet now available to North, Central Queens County residents | Provincial | News

Reliable high-speed fibre internet service is now available to more than 1,250 properties in Central and North Queens County.

During the spring and summer, Bell Canada crews and their contractors have worked to install internet cables on poles in areas of North and Central Queens County that haven’t had internet or had substandard internet speeds. Bell Aliant is now ready to connect the service to homes.

“Today is the day we have been waiting to see for a long time,” said Region of Queens Municipality Mayor David Dagley in a press release on Sept. 3. “As of today, 1,273 new premises in North and Central Queens now have access to high-speed internet with another 74 premises expected in the coming weeks for a total of 1,347 premises, which is more than originally planned for in Phase 1.”

Internet speeds of up to 100 Mbps are now available to 411 premises

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Broadcast lessons on TV, internet inadequate

Andy Gipson, Guest columnist
Published 5:01 a.m. CT Sept. 3, 2020


As schools debate about returning to online learning, the lack of internet access for many Americans is a big sticking point.


As the father of four school-age children in rural Mississippi, I would like to propose a common-sense enhancement to COVID-era education. My proposal won’t cost hundreds of millions of dollars; it won’t take decades to implement; and it will provide an immediate workable solution for our teachers, students and parents. 

Put simply, my proposal is to broadcast Mississippi’s best education. We can do it starting tomorrow at virtually no cost to taxpayers. How? Broadcast our best teachers over the public digital television infrastructure already accessible by every Mississippi home.

Andy Gipson is commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. (Photo: Special to Clarion Ledger)

We enjoy living on our farm in rural Mississippi,

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Tennessee’s students deserve reliable internet access

Christel Deskins

Kim Henderson, Guest Columnist
Published 4:00 p.m. CT Sept. 3, 2020 | Updated 11:10 a.m. CT Sept. 4, 2020

We must commit to ensuring every student and family in Tennessee is quickly connected to reliable internet.

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  • Kim Henderson from Franklin is President of the Tennessee PTA, the state’s oldest and largest child advocacy organization.

The current pandemic has revealed more than ever that broadband and technology is a modern-day necessity. But for far too many, especially students, families and businesses in Tennessee, the lack of reliable and affordable high-speed internet or technology devices has also become a learning crisis for our children in the face of COVID-19. 

Fortunately, unlike so many elements of the pandemic, this is a challenge we can solve. It doesn’t require a new vaccine or cure. It only requires a commitment from our elected officials and policymakers to find and close the connectivity gaps.

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Spectrum introduces high-speed Internet service that schools can offer students for at-home learning

Christel Deskins

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Spectrum, a telecommunications company, is unveiling a cable broadband plan that provides another option for households with students needing high-speed Internet for at-home classes during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Remote learning requires adequate Internet service.

It’s called “Stay Connected K-12” and it would cost $29.99 a month per household with 50 megabits per second for downloading and 5 megabits for uploading. Spectrum would not contract directly with customers, however, but with schools.


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A minimum of 50 connections per school would be required for a school to take advantage of the program, according to Connie Luck, a Spectrum representative who detailed the plan to members of Cleveland City Council’s Finance Committee on Monday.

Council President Kevin Kelley, who chairs the committee, said Spectrum asked to speak to the council about its offering, although the council has no authority to negotiate on behalf of

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97 per cent of Nova Scotians will be able to access high-speed internet by fall 2022

Christel Deskins

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Nova Scotia announces plans to bring reliable high-speed internet to most of the province

As we isolate ourselves during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s revealed just how reliant we are on having access to high-speed internet to keep up with our daily routines.

From at-home learning to accessing e-health or doing business or just keeping in touch with friends, if you don’t have reliable internet it’s hard to take part in the online experience.

Read more: Coronavirus has exacerbated the issue of internet access in rural Maritime communities

That’s why Premier Stephen McNeil thanked Nova Scotians Tuesday at a high-speed internet announcement in the rural town of Mount Uniake, where the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust was allocating another $59 million to increasing internet connectivity across the province.

“Thanks for your patience, we understand the importance of this,” said McNeil, who announced the details of the phase

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Why Can’t Millions of Americans Access Reliable Internet Services?

Christel Deskins

Many people living in rural communities don’t have reliable Internet service. Rolling out infrastructure in these areas is costly and not as lucrative as investing in urban areas, which can be a deterrent for some Internet providers, says Christopher Mitchell, community broadband networks director at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

1. Millions of people in rural America struggle to connect to the Internet.

The Federal Communications Commission estimates 21 million people lack a high speed internet connection, but other estimates are double that figure. Approximately half of the U.S. population—157 million people—have a slow or unreliable internet connection, according to Microsoft.

2. One of the largest rural internet providers recently filed for bankruptcy.

Frontier Communications,

which was awarded about $1 billion by the FCC five years ago to help expand networks in rural areas, filed for bankruptcy at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Bankruptcy documents showed

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