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Emergency Broadband Benefit for Families Program Continues

From the RemoteEdx Connectivity Champions

Throughout the pandemic, teachers, parents, and students adopted new ways to connect with each other, your school, and with teaching and learning. Teachers became more comfortable using learning management systems and assigning homework that required use of a device and the internet. Parents became more involved in knowing what was being asked of their children by logging into parent portals, attending online meetings, and connecting back to teachers through email. Students relied on dependable and consistent internet for schoolwork, college applications, job seeking, job applications, and other 21st century skills. This new age of learning will continue into the 2022 school year as teachers, parents, and students rely on this new connection. Just as the country provided access to the electricity in the 1930s, access to an affordable and reliable internet is just as vital.  

 

In May 2021, the Federal Communications Commission issued the $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB),  a discount of up to $50 per month on a qualifying household’s internet bill. Over the summer, with the help of outreach by the Ohio RemotEDx Connectivity Champions and other organizations, Ohioans applied at an alarming rate. Currently, 260,000 households have applied, and Ohio is 4th in overall applications and first per capita. This data tells us one thing: Ohio students need affordable internet service to fully participate in their education, regardless of online, in-person, or hybrid. Being aware of the discount is an important first step for eligible households.

You can apply online or contact RemotEDx Connectivity Champions at 844-K12-OHIO (844-512-6446) or email at connectme@ohio-k12.help for more information.

 

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