Gov. Ivey Allocates $100 Million for Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students

| August 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

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By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has allocated $100 million in federal coronavirus relief funding for a public-private partnership to increase internet access for K-12 students who this fall will use distance learning.

Alabama Broadband Connectivity (ABC) for Students will provide vouchers for families of students eligible for free and reduced-price school meals, or based on other income criteria. The vouchers will help cover equipment and service costs for high-speed internet from the fall through Dec. 31. Providers will contract with the state for the service using existing lines and technologies.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alabama State Department of Education and local school systems have received $435.8 million in federal funds to support safe, in-person instruction and remote learning.

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