- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Lincoln Board of Education has approved an agreement with Lincoln City Libraries to connect two broadband networks so that students can go to any library to do research, write papers and do their homework using the school district’s network.

The Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/1lJpsZJ ) reports that the agreement was approved Tuesday as a part of an upgrade of the Lincoln City Libraries network. The upgrade will be paid for by a $334,000 grant from the Nebraska Public Service Commission and will build connections from all eight city library locations to a fiber network.

The agreement will not cost the Lincoln school district any money because the library will use the same infrastructure that controls Internet access points that the school district uses.

District Technology Director Kirk Langer says the agreement will be a benefit for students using their Chromebook in the libraries. The school district has begun an initiative to give Chromebooks to students in third through 12th grades by 2017. The initiative now calls for all but third- and fourth-graders to take those tablets home.

Langer says that Internet access in the libraries will be quicker and a more direct route to the school district network than access for students who use their home Wi-Fi systems.

He also says that the agreement will give students without Internet access at home a safe place to do their work and students will be able to complete their homework at after-school programs.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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