- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A second study on the need to update the high-speed Internet connection needs of every school district in Arkansas has been approved.

The Arkansas Legislative Council’s Executive Committee approved a proposal for the study on Thursday and hopes to advertise a request for consultant proposals by Labor Day.

The estimated $100,000 to $200,000 study follows a separate study of school broadband Internet needs that was approved in July. That study is estimated to cost about $71,500.

Republican Rep. Jeremy Gillam of Judsonia told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/V7QRqT ) that the first study is to determine how much needs to be spent per student on adequate Internet access. He said the second study is to make sure members see the breakdown and know the information is recent and in the same format so it can be compared easily.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com