Erin Blasko | September 11, 2020
Interns with the Center for Civic Innovation (CCI) at the University of Notre Dame spent the summer surveying households in the city of Elkhart about internet access on behalf of Elkhart Community Schools, drawing the attention of a local provider of mobile Wi-Fi solutions for the bus industry.
MITO Corp., based in Elkhart, is now working with Elkhart Community Schools to outfit at least 25 buses with WiFiRanger, a suite of mobile Wi-Fi and network solutions that will allow the corporation to deploy buses as Wi-Fi hotspots — a valuable tool in the age of online learning.
The project, coordinated with assistance from the interns, will provide reliable, high-speed Wi-Fi to the estimated 7 percent of public school students in Elkhart without ready access to wired or wireless internet, allowing them to learn and study remotely, connect with teachers and classmates and access information outside of the classroom.
The interns also developed a qualification plan, including an application, eligibility guidelines and a preliminary FAQ, for free or low-cost Wi-Fi in South Central Elkhart, a historically underserved area of the city, and helped secure a $150,000 grant from the state Department of Education for 500 iPads for students without access to such technology.
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