School buses used as Wi-Fi hotspots for Newton students

18 Nov 2020


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School buses are now doubling as internet hotspots for Newton students needing more frequent Wi-Fi access during their temporary stint of fully remote learning.

Set up outside Newton High School, Emerson Hough Elementary School and an area near Kellogg, the buses are equipped with internet mobile hotspots so students may download or upload coursework or other needed materials for online learning. The Wi-Fi is available during class hours.

So can kids pull up with their parents to watch Netflix or browse their social media feeds? Shane Wheeler, technology supervisor at Newton Community School District, says no. The hotspot network operates similarly to the internet at school, which filters out recreational use. This is strictly educational.

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