Buffalo Schools to Give Thousands of Homes Free Wi-Fi to Close Digital Divide

Aug. 12, 2019

The digital divide in Buffalo is about to get a little smaller.

Free internet access will be made available to the homes of several thousand Buffalo Public Schools students and their families in two of the city’s neediest neighborhoods – one on the East Side, one on the West Side.

The school system will spend more than $1.3 million for HarpData, a Buffalo-based information technology company, to extend the wireless signal from eight schools into the surrounding homes of district students.

Access to high-speed internet has become yet another equity concern for officials in the district, as more and more instruction has moved online.
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