DC to Provide Free Internet for 25,000 Low-Income Students, Families

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© Getty Images XIAN, CHINA – OCTOBER 14: (CHINA OUT) A blind child touches a keyboard during a computer class at the Xian School for the Blind and Deaf-mute October 14, 2005 in Xian of Shaanxi Province, China. The Xian School for the Blind and Deaf-mute, established in 1949, is […]


a close up of a keyboard: XIAN, CHINA – OCTOBER 14: (CHINA OUT) A blind child touches a keyboard during a computer class at the Xian School for the Blind and Deaf-mute October 14, 2005 in Xian of Shaanxi Province, China. The Xian School for the Blind and Deaf-mute, established in 1949, is one of the earliest schools in China built to provide education for blind and deaf-mute children and their parents. The school currently has about 200 students, including over 50 blind students. According to state media, China has over 1.4 million handicapped children under six-years-old, and the figure is rising by approximately 200,000 a year. The International White Cane Safety Day, known as the festival for the blind falls on October 15. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)


© Getty Images

XIAN, CHINA – OCTOBER 14: (CHINA OUT) A blind child touches a keyboard during a computer class at the Xian School for the Blind and Deaf-mute October 14, 2005 in Xian of Shaanxi Province, China. The Xian School for the Blind and Deaf-mute, established in 1949, is one of the earliest schools in China built to provide education for blind and deaf-mute children and their parents. The school currently has about 200 students, including over 50 blind students. According to state media, China has over 1.4 million handicapped children under six-years-old, and the figure is rising by approximately 200,000 a year. The International White Cane Safety Day, known as the festival for the blind falls on October 15. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

Up to 25,000 low-income students and families in D.C. are set to be provided free internet connections under a new initiative from Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The $3.3 million plan will connect eligible D.C. Public School and public charter school students with RCN or Comcast broadband internet, which is more reliable than alternatives such as cellular data, Bowser says.

“This investment continues our commitment not only to supporting families during virtual school term, but also to building a more digitally-inclusive D.C. in the long-term,” Bowser said in a statement.

With students citywide beginning the school year virtually, D.C. has been working to bridge the digital divide between students who have access to technology and high-speed internet access and those who don’t.

The Internet for All plan will cover one year of service for families with grade PK3-12 students who are eligible for SNAP or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits.

Eligible families will be contacted by the D.C. government.

Any caregiver who has questions about the broadband service can get more information by reaching out to their child’s school.

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