Tuscaloosa County Ensuring Students have Internet Access

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Sidney Spencer

In efforts to help with virtual learning for students, the Tuscaloosa County School System ordered 400 internet hotspots.

The school system will spread the hotspots throughout Tuscaloosa County to help students without access to high-speed internet required for bandwidth-intensive at-home learning.

Tuscaloosa County School System Director of Technology Michael Townsend said some students don’t have access to high-speed internet at home.

“We’re spread out so far in Tuscaloosa County,” Townsend said. “We’re so diverse in a geographical area that AT&T, Charter or Comcast isn’t available to all these people. They only have maybe satellite or cell coverage service, so the only way we knew that would benefit these kids was picking a provider that would give them internet.”

The school system was able to provide this solution for students through a partnership with AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.

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