San Jose City Council approves project to give Wi-Fi to high school students

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SAN JOSE (KRON) — San Jose City Council members on Tuesday approved a pilot project to provide free Wi-Fi to homes of students in one school in the East Side Union High School District with the aim of helping students succeed.

City officials hope to eventually expand the service to all students in the East Side Union High School District, a project that aligns with the city’s goal of providing affordable high-speed internet access to all residents.

“Every child deserves the opportunity to thrive in school, and we know that connecting students to reliable high-speed internet access can significantly enhance their chances of academic success,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a statement.

The first students to receive free internet will be students of James Lick High School, William C. Overfelt High School or Yerba Buena High School. Which school city officials choose depends on the technical feasibility of deploying the network to homes in that area.

School district officials are allocating $2.7 million from a 2014 general obligation technology bond to pay for the project.

City crews will construct the network and provide maintenance through a city contractor, according to city officials.

School officials will manage registration and passwords and offer students help accessing the network.

“We are in the Capital of Silicon Valley,” Vice Mayor Rose Herrera said in a statement. “And in the Capital of Silicon Valley we should expect that all students have access to the internet.”Bay City News contributed to this report.

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