Starting on the West Side, a push to expand internet access to San Antonio students could reach 20,000 in 12 months
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Up to 2,400 West Side students currently without internet access at home could have it by December under San Antonio’s Connected Beyond the Classroom program, the city’s Office of Innovation said Tuesday.
The effort to bridge the digital divide for students in underserved areas — which became a crisis spawned by the need for remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic — will eventually provide internet access to up to 20,000 students at no cost, Brian Dillard, the city’s chief innovation officer, told a City Council committee.
About one-fifth of San Antonio households with children don’t have ready access to the internet, a survey conducted earlier this year found. The city invested $27.3 million from its general