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Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) knocks down Buffalo Bills cornerback Josh Norman (29) in the first half of an NFL football game Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Players Coalition awards $350,000 for internet in schools

Oct. 16, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

Players Coalition, a nonprofit founded by Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins, is donating $350,000 in grants nationwide to help provide K-12 students and schools with internet access, broadband connectivity and technology devices to make learning from home easier. The grants are being awarded to 11 districts,...

Tractor Supply Co. creating WiFi hotspots in parking lots

Oct. 16, 2020 4:11 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tractor Supply Co. will provide free WiFi access at its parking lots across 23 locations in West Virginia, the company said. The state has long struggled to make fast internet access available to its residents, many of whom live in rural communities. The state's attorney general,...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, logos of Huawei are displayed at its retail shop window with the reflection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. A committee of lawmakers on Thursday Oct. 8, 2020, is urging the British government to consider banning Chinese technology giant Huawei from the country's next-generation mobile phone networks two years earlier than planned. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

UK lawmakers warn Huawei 5G may need to be banned earlier

Oct. 8, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A committee of British lawmakers is urging the government to consider banning Chinese technology giant Huawei from next-generation mobile phone networks two years earlier than planned. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government in July blocked Huawei from having any role in building the...

Schools use help desk to address remote learning issues

Sep. 20, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Lafayette Parish School System employees are fielding calls from students about how to log in to virtual learning, change their passwords and other technical issue that come up as they cope with remote instruction during COVID-19. At least 30 teachers, librarians and technology staff...

Some Chicago schools are struggling with remote attendance

Sep. 13, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago schools reported roughly 84% citywide attendance for the first day of remote classes, but some schools had fewer than half of students log in. Attendance increased citywide over the first three days, with 90.2% citywide Thursday, according to The Chicago Tribune. Still, first day...

In rural North Carolina, many wait for internet service

Sep. 13, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

YANCEYVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Inside her home off a gravel road in the Prospect Hill community of Caswell County, Liz Mason tries uploading a photograph of tomatoes. Then, she waits. Seconds turn to minutes. Often when this happens, Mason gives up, retreating to the parking lot of the local library for a signal...

Colorado spending $2M to provide internet access to students

Sep. 2, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado will spend $2 million in federal pandemic relief funding to provide internet access to students who lack service as part of an overall effort to close the digital divide in both rural and urban parts of the state as the pandemic has forced many to rely on online learning. State...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Aug. 26, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Aug. 26 The Crossville Chronicle on COVID-19 scams: There are always people looking to profit off the misfortune of others. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. In addition to the calls we’ve all become familiar with — the auto warranties we...

Beshear offers way to expand internet to low-income students

Aug. 25, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky will pump $8 million into a statewide effort to supply internet access to children in low-income homes as schools open with digital learning because of the coronavirus, Gov. Andy Beshear's administration said Tuesday. The investment — drawn from federal COVID-19 relief...

University of Maine students begin returning to campus

Aug. 24, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Students at the University of Maine are returning to campus for the first time since being sent home in March. Monday marked the start of move-in week in Orono just days after four students tested positive for the coronavirus. At the University of Maine, two of the students are...