BearCom and Motorola Solutions Enhance Internet for Students in CA’s Patterson Joint Unified School District

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BearCom, a Critical Partner working alongside Motorola Solutions, is helping provide high-speed internet to remote-learning students in California’s Patterson Joint Unified School District.

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BearCom, a Critical Partner working alongside Motorola Solutions, is helping provide high-speed internet to remote-learning students in California’s Patterson Joint Unified School District. With this partnership, plus funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Patterson families can receive the equipment needed for remote learning.

Pre-pandemic, about 30% of K–12 public school students across the United States lived in homes with either no internet connection or no device that was sufficient for distance learning. With BearCom and Motorola Solutions’ help, Patterson, CA, families in need have received modems, routers, and all other necessary tech to ensure the academic success of students learning from home.

Routers and modems that communicate on a private wireless broadband network, which run on Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), were supplied to families through Patterson USD. With BearCom and Motorola’s help, the district installed this LTE system at 6 schools and intends to add two more systems to expand coverage. This network will provide enough range to bring high-speed internet to its 6,000 students.

Crossing the digital divide has been a long-time goal for the Patterson USD. In fact, Superintendent Phil Alfano has said that staff have been discussing this hurdle for two decades. “This is the most significant equity issue facing students in the 21st century,” Alfano said. “We simply couldn’t wait any longer or rely on others to solve the problem for us.”

Though the circumstances surrounding 2020’s shift to remote learning were far from ideal, the opportunity to use CARES Act funding on education technology presented a unique opportunity. With new equipment and high-speed internet in place thanks to BearCom and Motorola, Patterson USD’s students are now positioned for academic achievement.

About BearCom

As Motorola Solutions’ #1 Distributor and Integrator of voice, video, and data solutions in North America, BearCom is a trusted wireless communications partner to design, deploy, and maintain your system and network. Whether you need a multi-point wireless network to connect your work teams, an integrated two-way radio system to add productivity across your facility, or a community-wide deployment of Private LTE to assist with distance learning, BearCom can help.

BearCom has over 75 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada with 1,200+ employees, including 350+ trained and certified engineers and service technicians.

Source: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/pdfs/common_sense_media_report_final_7_1_3pm_web.pdf

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