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Oklahoma Agency Seeks To Make WiFi Services Available To Public

The Oklahoma Universal Service Fund helps schools, public libraries and rural non-profit medical providers pay for internet access. Because of a Federal Communications Commission waiver last week, the Oklahoma fund wants that service to be more widely available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brandy Wreath directs the fund and says that sites can also apply for extra bandwidth if they’re concerned about an increase in users from the general public.

"So people that don’t have good internet access at home, can’t afford it, or whatever the case may be, at least can go up in their car, access the internet via wifi to do homework, some people may have to go up there to do meetings for work, stuff like that," Wreath said.

875 school sites and 129 libraries use the fund for internet service.

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Robby Korth joined StateImpact Oklahoma in October 2019, focusing on education reporting.
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