Albemarle Co. School Working to Expand Broadband Network

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Albemarle County schools are working on a new plan to help students get the high-speed internet access they need to stay on top of their studies.

School officials hope to expand broadband services throughout the county. That means eventually all Albemarle County's students will have access to the school's network at home.

Right now, the county is connecting some of its 25 schools with fiber optic cables to create its own private network for students and teachers.

Eventually, they hope to expand the network to homes using Wi-Fi.

“That's the gateway to learning these days, having internet access. And so that's what they're focused on. They want to create the opportunity for kids that don't have access to at least have access to learning and the school supplies and resources,” said Albemarle Co. Executive Thomas Foley.

The broadband expansion wouldn't give the general public access to the network. It would be limited to students and faculty only.

However, the Board of Supervisors hopes to create a plan soon to expand wireless to rural parts of the county.

The school system hopes to expand the network to students' homes throughout the county in the next three years.

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