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Home and Community Internet Connectivity

Access to the Internet outside of school is, and will continue to be increasingly important for student learning and achievement. School and district leaders should understand the extent of Internet access in their communities and in student homes. 

The following resources may be useful for schools or districts grappling with concerns over insufficient community access to high-speed broadband:

  • The Smart School Bond Act (SSBA) provides funding for district technology and community connectivity projects.
    • The Community Connectivity category involves partnerships between school districts and communities. It could, for example, be used to supply Wi-Fi access points or computing devices to public libraries or community centers.
  • The Broadband for All program is awarding $500 million in grant funding to support projects that deliver high-speed Internet access to Unserved and Underserved areas of the State. The goal of this multi-year program, administered by the New York State Broadband Office, is to provide statewide broadband access by the end of 2018.
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