Around the United States, school districts and their supervisors have scrambled to get millions of students online for virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. In many states, this has taken the form of funding from the CARES Act, a massive federal funding package that helped to allocate funds at states’ discretion. With that money, states are able to invest in bulk buys of Wi-Fi hotspots, for example. These can be loaned out to students as needed or used to help whole sections of communities to access Wi-Fi.

Hawaii’s population is split between more affluent school districts, with more reliable internet, and those in less funded school districts. A group called HawaiiKidsCAN used buses as portable hotspots to park in areas hardest hit by lack of internet service.

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