PASCO, Wash. - Educational Service District 123 is offering "wireless" school
ESD 123 Superintendent Bruce Hawkins proposed the idea of turning school
buses into mobile WiFi hotspots last year, and administrators secured five
school districts to participate a pilot program.
The Service District installed wireless modems in one school bus from each
district, including Prosser, Prescott, Clarkston, College place and Pomeroy in
The Wireless Bus Project Team is made of managers from Verizon Wireless,
Cradlepoint, Premier Wireless, DeploytNet and ESD 123. At the end of the free
trial period, districts may choose whether they wish to continue service, and
possibly add additional modems to the rest of their fleet. The free trial period runs through the end of the
current school year.
The Prosser School District is already planning on equipping its remaining
buses with modems.
ESD 123 says it is extremely proud of the project's success and the
opportunities it means for the region's students. Athletic trips, long daily
commutes for rural students, and other activities now provide the possibility of
extended instructional time for students.