Governor Cooper announced in a press release that nearly $40M would be invested in NC Student Connect, a new partnership working to fix internet connectivity gaps that make remote learning difficult, WNCT reports. When school returned in August, an estimated 100,000 North Carolina students did not have reliable internet access.
“Long before COVID-19, expanding access to high-speed internet has been a top priority for my administration, and this pandemic has made the need even more urgent,” said Governor Cooper. “NC Student Connect will make critical investments in high speed internet access and remote learning that will help students, health care and businesses in our state.”
The NC Student Connect partnership will include $30M to distribute 100,000 wireless hotspots, $8M to create locations for students to connect to the internet and access their work and $2M for training for parents and educators.