RALEIGH, NC () – Public school students in some of North Carolina’s most isolated areas could benefit from a new state initiative that offers high-speed Internet via low-orbit satellites.
Governor Roy Cooper’s office announced this week that a pilot program set up by several government agencies and paid for by federal COVID-19 aid funds will target young people in Hyde and Swain who lack reliable broadband services or none at all. Lack of internet access makes it difficult for students to study from home, especially during a pandemic.
Students in the county’s school districts will be able to test Internet services through Starlink, which uses satellites launched into air by SpaceX, a company led by CEO Elon Musk.
Cooper’s office says the $ 264,000 relief from coronavirus will be used to research and recommend how the best satellite technology can help improve rural health care and rural economic development, let alone education.