The coronavirus pandemic has forced teachers and students from their schools and into their homes to finish the semester online, but little teaching and learning can occur when many, particularly in rural areas, lack reliable internet service.
Some school districts, including Marietta in metro Atlanta, have already hit on the idea as a way to temporarily provide service to those who lack it. The state has already assembled a website that indicates where free service —typically in library parking lots — is available. These new hotspots, which Gov. Brian Kemp's office is calling a "Wi-Fi Ranger," will expand on that. They can each connect up to 45 laptops, tablets, phones and other devices at a range of a hundred feet.