By Mary Helen Montgomery
Hamilton County will become the first community in the nation to offer no-charge high-speed internet to every family with a child on free or reduced lunch.
In a major step for our community, EPB announced that the 28,500 Hamilton County Schools students who qualify for free and reduced lunch will receive 100Mbps at-home internet service at no cost. This announcement comes at a time when Covid-19 has made online learning an even more integral part of education.
The Enterprise Center is proud to be a partner on this project, along with Hamilton County Schools, The City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Foundation, and the Smart City Venture Fund, which includes Benwood Foundation, Community Foundation, Footprint Foundation, and Robert L. And Katherina Maclellan Foundation.
Read more from: Hamilton County Schools https://www.hcde.org/newsroom/hamilton_county_uses_smart_city_infrastructure
The Chattanooga Times Free Press https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2020/jul/29/epb-provide-internet-hamiltcounty-schools-stu/528574/
News Channel 9 https://newschannel9.com/news/before-the-bell/hamilton-co-schools-partners-announce-digital-connectivity-initiative-for-local-studen