Rural Iowa schools struggle to connect online

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa school officials like the idea of improving Internet access across the state because it can be hard to find reliable connections online in rural areas.

Storm Lake Superintendent Carl Turner tells the Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/1fzQFZp ) that his district struggles to find enough bandwidth to accommodate all the students and staff who want to get online.

Storm Lake has had to limit personal devices and the number of classes that can go online at the same time.

A nonprofit group that tracks Internet access in Iowa estimates that about 680,000 Iowans don’t have broadband Internet service.

Heather Hupke, who has two kids attending Storm Lake schools, says students probably use the Internet more than the library so access is important.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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