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    Buffalo schools to give thousands of homes free Wi-Fi to close digital divide

    Buffalo schools to give thousands of homes free Wi-Fi to close digital divide

    The digital divide in Buffalo is about to get a little smaller.

    Free internet access will be made available to the homes of several thousand Buffalo Public Schools students and their families in two of the city’s neediest neighborhoods – one on the East Side, one on the West Side.

    The school system will spend more than $1.3 million for HarpData, a Buffalo-based information technology company, to extend the wireless signal from eight schools into the surrounding homes of district students.

    Access to high-speed internet has become yet another equity concern for officials in the district, as more and more instruction has moved online.

    https://buffalonews.com/2019/08/12/b...box=1565616241

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    So all of the people getting free Wi-Fi must have Smart Phones and already get WI-FI , so why is The school system will spend more than $1.3 million for HarpData? Hello Buffalo.

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    I wonder if they will implement content and user restrictions with this program?

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    Good question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leftWNYbecauseofBS View Post
    I wonder if they will implement content and user restrictions with this program?
    Leftie, you can bet it will be regulated. And you can count on BTF/NYSUT being in the lead in deciding on the restrictions.

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    I'm surprised internet in some cases is not restricted in government buildings. I was told there are many times government employees tend to surf on facebook and other sites.

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