NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Officials with Metro Nashville Public Schools estimate hotspots for students who need internet access for virtual learning could cost up to $4,000,000. A spokesperson said the funding will be provided through the CARES Act.
Since MNPS plans on doing virtual learning until Labor Day, they’re deploying hotspots with unlimited data so there will be no overage charges.
The contract says the final cost will be determined by the number of students who need to use the hotspots, as it's a monthly subscription through T-Mobile.
Teachers will have access to school buildings and their classrooms to use the MNPS network, according to a spokesperson.
Replacement for broken or lost hotspots will cost $89. More information on the contract here:
Initially, the district said 17,000 hotspots had been ordered for students who need internet access. Parents and guardians can go here for enrollment information or call the Family Information Center at 615-259-4636.
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