Funding boost for bus Wi-Fi: Buckle up, schools! Mobile broadband for your buses is now officially a Category One E-Rate service. This means you can score discounts on equipment and service, making Wi-Fi on wheels way more affordable. Think homework help on the go, educational resources right at your fingertips, and even virtual field trips – all from the comfort (and safety) of your school bus!
Let's talk costs: Remember, some Wi-Fi packages might have parts that aren't eligible for E-Rate discounts. Don't worry, though! We are used to helping school districts figure this stuff out, and the FCC has done a great job being inclusive of the resources you need for your deployment. We're here to walk you through every step of the way.
Year-round Wi-Fi: That's right, your bus Wi-Fi can cruise through the whole year, summer included. No need to put it on pause during break – keep those educational resources flowing and stay connected year-round. Just remember, if the bus isn't rolling or if nobody's using the Wi-Fi for school stuff, it's best to keep it turned off. Think of it like putting your phone on airplane mode to save battery – except for a giant school bus, of course!
Wi-Fi with a purpose: School buses are all about learning, even on the road. So, while that Wi-Fi can be used for fun stuff too (we all need a break!), remember it's there for educational purposes first and foremost. Think virtual field trips, collaborative projects, and even connecting with teachers and classmates for extra help.
We at Kajeet are thrilled about this game-changer for education! School bus Wi-Fi has the power to bridge the digital divide, open up a world of learning opportunities, and make those bus rides a whole lot more exciting. So, get ready to hit the gas (figuratively, of course) on bringing Wi-Fi to your school buses!
Want to learn more? Check out the full FCC ruling and stay tuned for updates on how to apply for E-Rate funding for your school's Wi-Fi on wheels!
P.S. Remember, the FCC Form 471 application window will open soon, so keep an eye out!
Also be sure to check out this informative guide to implementing school bus wifi in your school or district!