Grants extend home, bus internet for Minn. students
January 13, 2017
ST. PAUL -- More students throughout greater Minnesota will have access to online homework outside of school hours following a round of state grants.
A total of $500,000 to improve after-school internet access will be divided among 12 school districts, 11 of which are in greater Minnesota, where students would otherwise lack reliable internet access.
"Too many Minnesota students are on the wrong side of the digital divide," said Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. "These grants will help level the playing field for students in greater Minnesota by providing them the same educational opportunities as their friends and family in the cities."
This is the second broadband-related grant Smith announced this week, following news of $34 million in grants for 40 broadband infrastructure expansion projects in rural Minnesota.
The funding will help establish wireless internet connections.