Georgia School District Installs Kajeet Education Broadband™ in School Bus Fleet

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Liberty County School District Extends the Classroom with More than Just Internet™

Kajeet: More than Just Internet
We want to ensure no student is left behind because he or she doesn’t have the tools for success.

Kajeet, the industry leader for safe, mobile student Internet connectivity outside of school, announced its most recent partnership with Georgia’s Liberty County School System to outfit its school bus fleet with educational Wi-Fi to extend the school day. The school district is the first in Georgia to provide students free Internet access through high-tech mobile Wi-Fi units.

Liberty County will create 24 “Homework Zones” around the county by parking their Kajeet Wi-Fi-enabled school buses in areas including apartment complexes and fire and police departments from 2:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. These “Homework Zones” will allow low-income students to access educational and safe, school-district approved websites so they can continue their studies outside the classroom.

When Liberty County launched its 1-to-1 iPad initiative, the Liberty Learning Experience, in the 2014-2015 school year, students began relying more on digital textbooks and applications, and the district determined approximately 60 percent of students did not have access to the Internet.

“The more technology we integrated into the curriculum, the greater the need for connectivity at home,” said John Lyles, director of transportation for Liberty County School System. “We want to ensure no student is left behind because he or she doesn’t have the tools for success.”

To determine what parts of the county would benefit most from Wi-Fi outfitted school buses, the Liberty County team analyzed its bus routes along with where the largest concentration of their low-income families reside. Where the buses are parked can vary, according to Lyles.

“Liberty County is the first district in Georgia to outfit its entire bus fleet with Wi-Fi and park the buses in areas to help its students complete their homework, and ultimately succeed,” said Daniel Neal, CEO and founder of Kajeet. “This is a creative solution to a very real problem in the community. At Kajeet, we are particularly gratified to be working with and supporting the ‘Real Action Heroes’ in Liberty County who are out working daily in our schools and actually closing the Homework Gap.”

With Kajeet SmartBus™, districts can purchase data in bulk from their choice of two of the nation’s leading 4G LTE wireless broadband networks. The district’s pool of Education Broadband data is available for use across all buses, does not expire, and rolls forward each month. If needed, additional data can be purchased at any time.

Currently partnering with hundreds of schools and districts in 40 states and the District of Columbia, Kajeet is keeping students connected with Kajeet Education Broadband. The Kajeet SmartBus solution includes a Cradlepoint® IBR1100 cellular router and a portal to the Kajeet managed cloud platform, on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. This ensures that students have a level playing field for academic success. Also included with the Kajeet solution is the cellular router, ruggedized antenna, as well as the CIPA-compliant filtering and management, time-of-day controls, URL allow/deny controls, and access to a wide-range of reports and data analytics. Providing students with home broadband for educational purposes with the Kajeet SmartBus solution begins at $9.99 per GB.

About Kajeet®
Kajeet, the industry leader for safe, mobile student Internet connectivity, is bridging the digital divide in school districts across the country. Kajeet provides an affordable mobile broadband solution that connects economically disadvantaged students to the resources they need to complete required assignments and projects outside of school. The Kajeet SmartSpot® solution, a portable Wi-Fi hotspot combined with the innovative Sentinel® cloud portal, enables administrators and teachers to provide CIPA-compliant, customizable filtered Internet access that keeps students focused on school work and provides off-campus Internet connectivity without worry of data abuse. Kajeet products and services, which operates on both the Sprint and Verizon network, are protected by the following issued U.S. patents: 9,237,433; 9,137,389; 9,137,386; 9,125,057; 8,995,952; 8,929,857; 8,918,080; 8,774,755; 8,774,754; 8,755,768; 8,731,517; 8,725,109; 8,712,371; 8,706,079; 8,667,559; 8,644,796; 8,639,216; 8,634,803; 8,634,802; 8,634,801; 8,630,612; 8,611,885; 8,600,348; 8,594,619; 8,588,735; 8,285,249; 8,078,140; 7,945,238; 7,899,438; 7,881,697. Other patents are pending. For more information, please visit us at kajeet.net.

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