When COVID-19 struck and schools sent children home, teaching and learning began occurring over broadband connections. What about students without broadband at home? Some rural telecom providers – including South Dakota’s Golden West Telecommunications and Golden Belt Telephone (GBT) of Kansas — have stepped up to add free Wi-Fi hotspots and even to bring broadband to homes with school-age children at no charge.
Apple and Google are in the planning stages of releasing a contact tracing app, which would allow people to anonymously track who has tested positive for COVID-19 and whether they’ve come in contact with one another. The public, however, is split on if they’ll even use the app when it's released.
SacRT teamed up with the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and the City of Sacramento to turn buses into free wireless super hotspots in communities with limited high-speed internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indiana State University is using a new tool to enroll first-time freshmen for fall term — a free, online course. Students can take one of two courses, with the first exploring COVID-19 and the second climate change.
The California Homeless Data System team is looking to hire new tech talent; a New York City group rolls out a new Census messaging guide; and the Connecticut Data Collaborative is now hosting online events.