When the coronavirus pandemic shut down schools, educators had to figure out how to get kids online. Fast.
In a patchwork approach born of desperation, they scrounged wireless hot spots, struck deals with cable companies and even created networks of their own.
With federal relief money and assistance from state governments and philanthropists, they have helped millions of students get online for distance learning. Still, a year into the pandemic, millions of others remain without internet because of financial hurdles and logistical difficulties in getting students what they need.
There will soon be more money for schools to provide internet,