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Batesville Schools joins state and federal government to help with broadband access

Batesville Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Hester told White River Now Monday that the district is partnering with state and federal officials to help expand broadband access to families who might struggle with paying for such access.

Hester said the district has learned face-to-face learning is better, but virtual learning is hampered by broadband service that is not adequate. As such, the superintendent is taking advantage of a new program to broaden such online access.

“There’s been $3.2 billion allocated for the Emergency Broadband Benefit — it’s called EBB,” Dr. Hester said. “It’s a temporary program to help families that are struggling to afford broadband internet. This program will provide up to $50 a month towards the internet and access in the homes for eligible households. Plus up to $100 for a one-time discount to purchase a laptop or a desktop computer or tablet from participating providers.”

Starting Wednesday, parents can online to the Batesville School District website (BatesvilleSchools.com) and complete an application form in order to become eligible for the program.


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