- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Officials say all Columbus schools will be equipped with wireless Internet by the end of next school year.

Under a $4.6 million deal recently approved by the Board of Education, the district will install WiFi in each of its 109 school buildings by the end of the 2015-16 year. The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1BzmbOa ) the federal government will cover 85 percent of the project’s cost.

Bexley Schools technology director Paul Ross says WiFi is prevalent in most high and middle schools, and allows students and teachers to use online devices to access learning resources and do research.

Columbus schools spokesman Andrew Marcelain says the new system will allow anyone in the school building to connect to the Internet. All traffic will be run through filters to weed out inappropriate websites.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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