Michigan City Area Schools expand wireless connectivity for students and families

Photo Courtesy: Michigan City Area Schools

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. -- MCAS is now entering their second phase of development for a project offering free internet access to several households in the area.

In cooperation with Neo Network Development, MCAS installed a 60-foot pole at Knapp Elementary School, allowing free, broadband internet service to be used by all applicable devices within a one-mile radius of the school.

This connectivity is enabled by a pre-configured router, which is set to be available at an additional 65 households this week. “This will increase the internet bandwidth in these homes, enhancing their existing service for other family members,” said Kevin McGuire, the MCAS Director of Technology.

Networks are now operable at hubs including the Knapp school, the Elston Building, and the Administration Building, with McGuire’s goal being to service approximately 1,500 MCAS student households.

According to Neo Networks CEO Vince Aragona, the project acts as a trial run for longer-term solutions to broadband access for students. “Our Neighborhood Networks program represents the most cost-effective and affordable way to permanently bridge the digital divide and the affordability gap for any K-12 school district.” he said.

The project’s funding was made possible by a grant from the Indiana Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER).

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