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Educational Service District Offers WiFi on School Buses

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PASCO, Wash. - Educational Service District 123 is offering "wireless" school buses.

ESD 123 Superintendent Bruce Hawkins proposed the idea of turning school buses into mobile WiFi hotspots last year, and administrators secured five school districts to participate a pilot program.

The Service District installed wireless modems in one school bus from each district, including Prosser, Prescott, Clarkston, College place and Pomeroy in January.

The Wireless Bus Project Team is made of managers from Verizon Wireless, Cradlepoint, Premier Wireless, DeploytNet and ESD 123. At the end of the free trial period, districts may choose whether they wish to continue service, and possibly add additional modems to the rest of their fleet. The free trial period runs through the end of the current school year.

The Prosser School District is already planning on equipping its remaining buses with modems.

ESD 123 says it is extremely proud of the project's success and the opportunities it means for the region's students. Athletic trips, long daily commutes for rural students, and other activities now provide the possibility of extended instructional time for students.