SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah State Board of Education has added $1 million to extend a competitive grant program intended to connect more households to the internet as more students are learning remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.
The board voted Thursday to add funding from its state coronavirus relief funds to extend the grant program, bringing broadband access or hotspots to families with K-12 students, KSL-TV reported.
Board Director of Strategic Initiatives Sarah Young said the funding would supplement $5 million previously allocated to the agency by the Utah Education and Telehealth Network, increasing available funds to $6 million for the 2020-2021 school year.
Competitive grants would reimburse school districts or charter schools for costs associated with bringing internet access “to the household level,” Young said.
“That’s going to look different depending on the community. Some of them are looking