Through community efforts, partnerships, and new funding, many students without broadband access have been provided loaned devices, wifi-hot spots, and community hot spot access in order to complete school work and continue learning. Today we catch up with teachers in Edgecombe County to find out what at home learning and broadband access looks like and take a closer look at a collaboration between Google and Caldwell County and their 31 hotspot school buses.


Kadijah Jordan, Teacher in Edgecombe County

Sandy Fulcher, Teacher in Edgecombe County

Don Phipps, Superintendent, Caldwell County

Melissa Costin, Principal, Caldwell County

Norah Cool, Student, Caldwell County

Jaime Cool, Parent

Gabrielle Pope, Student, Caldwell County

Angela Pope, Parent

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