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Middletown school leader touts Gov’s signing bill to give internet access to more students

“Collectively the joint project will result in students from Lakota, Monroe, and Middletown having high speed Internet in their homes.”

The new law will provide affordable access to high-speed internet statewide making it easily for their children to learn.

The bill provides $20 million statewide to fund the broadband project with plans to secure $200 million in funding that has wide support from Republicans and Democrats, DeWine said during a press conference at Amanda Elementary School in Middletown.

Middletown is one of the few school systems in southwest Ohio at which 100 percent of school families fall within household income

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DeWine visits Middletown to sign affordable internet access bill

Middletown is one of the few school systems in southwest Ohio at which 100 percent of school families fall within household income categories to qualify for federal free and reduced school meals.

About 20 percent of Middletown’s 6,300 students come from homes without access either via internet cable or wireless systems to digital learning programs produced by their teachers in the district. Many students also lack computers, or other mobile devices on which to learn digitally, said district officials.

Every student at Amanda receives free and reduced lunch because of their financial situation, said Principal Beth Hendricks.

“Finally there is

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How to apply for $50 off your Internet bill

The temporary benefit aims to lower the cost of broadband services for eligible households during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our world has become even more digital. Living, working, and going to school from home, Americans rely on the internet to connect us to the outside world. 

But, not everyone has the same online access. So, the FCC is stepping in to help.

Eligible Americans can now apply for an up to $50 monthly discount on internet services. Qualifying households on Tribal lands can receive up to $75 a month.

The program also provides

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Federal program offers $50 a month off internet bill, how to see if you’re eligible

Millions of Americans can now apply for federal assistance to help pay their monthly internet bill as part of a $3.2 billion pandemic relief program, according to the Associated Press. The Emergency Broadband Benefit was part of the $900 billion pandemic relief package passed in December which included money for expansion of broadband service and assistance in keeping families connected to the internet.

Qualified applicants can receive up to $50 a month to help pay for their internet service and up to $75 a month if they live on Tribal lands. There is also a one-time credit of up to

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Portage library, schools want to help you save money on your internet bill | Regional news

About 1 in 5 households in Columbia County do not have internet subscriptions, Eppinger said, and many residents who have them struggle with internet connectivity issues anyway. Since the pandemic started last spring, Portage Community School District has purchased 160 “mobile hotspots” allowing students to connect a computer or tablet to their phone’s internet service.

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“COVID-19 has taught us that the digital divide is far worse than we ever thought,” Eppinger said. “But I think we can overcome it by investing in our community.”

“We can’t fill out the application

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New bill aims to improve internet access in rural communities

John Moolenaar

I have introduced the BOOST Act in Congress to help meet the need for rural broadband access in the Fourth District and across the nation.

BOOST stands for Broadening Online Opportunities through Simple Technologies, and the bill aims to help families in rural areas who do not have access to a reliable internet connection to purchase devices that will help them receive an internet signal or boost the reliability of an existing connection.

I have had many discussions with residents and community leaders of the Fourth District regarding concerns about access to the internet in rural areas. Michigan

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