When Lea Bogle, President and CEO of Premier Wireless, received a request to attend a Zoom meeting to help an Arkansas school district expand its students’ Wi-Fi access, she didn’t care. didn’t expect to find two high school kids—rather than district administrators—on his computer screen.
“The students contacted Premier Wireless to find out how they could get Wi-Fi on their school buses,” Bogle recalled, noting that they both rode the bus for an hour a day, and up to three hours once. way to sporting events.
By the time students returned home, they sometimes had to stay up until 1 a.m. to finish their homework, Bogle added. “They wanted to be able to finish their homework on the bus so they could go to bed earlier, be better rested and better prepared for school the next day.”
Premier Wireless is still helping students get Wi-Fi on the Arkansas district bus fleet. And with $7.17 billion in federal funding available under the new Connectivity Emergency Fund, up to 100% of the financing required for Premier Wireless’ ConnectED Bus Wi-Fi solution can be covered. All applications for federal funding must be submitted by Friday, August 13.
Bus Wi-Fi is cost effective and sustainable, says Bogle. “Our solution, built with a Peplink Max Transit router and coupled with T-Mobile’s unlimited data plan, can [cost a school district] less than a penny a day, per student.
With the continued use of distance learning options arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, free Wi-Fi is even more vital for students who do not have the high-speed internet access needed to connect to rooms. of class.
“In today’s society, we expect Wi-Fi in cafes and restaurants, on public transport and airplanes, and even in neighborhood parks. So why don’t we provide Wi-Fi to students on the school bus? Bogle said.
Premier Wireless is a Houston-based company that has earned its Certified LGBT Business designation from the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. It specializes in providing wireless communication solutions to businesses, schools and government offices.
For more information on Premier Wireless’ ConnectED Bus Wi-Fi solution, visit pwbts.net/ or contact Léa Bogle at [email protected] or (281) 667-0400.