Google Powers Montgomery County School Buses With WiFi

Posted: 1:44 PM, May 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-05 00:27:20Z
Google Powers Montgomery Co. Buses With WiFi

We've heard of flight WiFi, but now there's bus WiFi. At least that's the case for students in Montgomery County. 

Instead of sleeping or talking to their friends, students are already busy at work first thing in the morning.

Diamond Davidson is a sophomore in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, and is taking full advantage of Google's free school bus WiFi.

"It's helped me catch up with a bunch of my work. I get lazy sometimes because I have so much work," said Davidson.

The pilot program is all apart of a Google-funded imitative called "Rolling Study Halls."

Google has powered six school buses with WiFi to allow students to extend learning after-school. The buses were selected for its lengthy rural routes.

For 44 years, Lawanna Bowers has been driving for the school district and says with an hour and a half bus ride, kids can get restless.

"They run out of things to do, so they find little things to do like throwing paper, talking loud, smacking at each other," Bowers.

But with a new productive distraction, Bowers is happy she can now stay focused on the road.

"They're not doing anything, they're being busy. They're doing work, so it really makes a big difference," said Bowers.

The program started in March, and since it is a pilot program, students will have the WiFi until next year.