Wisconsin has done a good job of getting increased amounts of bandwidth at a reasonable cost to our school buildings; however, that is not yet the case for many students at their homes. Various state agencies have worked collaboratively with Internet service providers to develop easy-to-use tools to identify who provides internet access to a particular residential location and whether any eligible income-based discount programs might apply.
As school registration/enrollment approaches, the DPI’s Division for Libraries and Technology has asked that we share information about these tools and how districts can use them to benefit student learning.
From the DPI…Digital equity has become an urgent issue as schools provide more and more of their students with mobile devices to take home, while 20 percent of Wisconsin households do not have access to the internet. For many children and adults, the public library is the only source of internet access.
The Internet Discount Finder, created by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC), can help low-income households find discounted internet service. Discounts are as deep as 80 percent.
Schools and public libraries can play a critical role in promoting the Internet Discount Finder, to help all of their students and library users get internet access at home.
You are invited to join a free DPI call-in session on Bridging the Homework Gap: Helping Low-Income Families Get Affordable Internet Access. We will explain the Internet Discount Finder (which we encourage you to try out in advance), and offer ideas about how to promote it in your schools or libraries.
Note: The Internet Discount Finder is not just for households with students. It is designed to help ALL Wisconsin families and residences get internet access.
- Thursday, July 26, 11:00 – 12:00
- Thursday, August 2, 1:00 – 2:00
Call in at 1-877-820-7831, passcode 647831.