Whitmer: Nearly all K-12 districts meeting broadband goal

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says nearly all Michigan school districts are meeting a minimum bandwidth target of internet access, and she wants to focus next on expanding broadband to 450,000 households.

Whitmer said Tuesday that 98% of K-12 districts are at the Federal Communications Commission's goal of 100 kilobits per second (kbps) per student. She says since 2015, schools in Michigan have used $90 million in federal funding to upgrade their Wi-Fi and internal networks.

Whitmer, who helped the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway announce nationwide progress connecting classrooms to high-speed internet, says broadband access is a "huge part of our kids' education." She says it is important to ensure that they also can do their schoolwork at home, while online.

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