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Stevens Point school district launches survey to assess need for internet access

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Stevens Point, Wis. (WAOW) -- With some students going back to partially online classes in the fall, the question on some parents' minds may be how to get internet access.

Stevens Point Area Public School District launched a survey Wednesday that will hopefully help it address the need in the area.

Brian Casey, the technology director for the district, said around 400 families needed a hotspot this past spring so students could attend class online. He said the survey, which is a partnership with the Department of Public Instruction, should help them find a better way to provide internet access.

Casey said while the survey will help them better identify how many people will need internet access, there's no one size fits all solution to the problem.

"It really matters where they live," he said "There's different territories for various networks and internet service providers so it really matters where they live. Is it east or west of town? Is it in town? "

Access to the Internet would only be usable for school and education activities, not for every day use. Internet would be paid for by the district, assisted by funds from the Cares Act.

The survey will be conducted entirely through text, and will consist of just a few simple questions.

Natalie Sopyla

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