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Buffalo Bills help fund internet for Buffalo Public Schools students

Posted at 3:09 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 03:10:03-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Public Schools students are getting help to stay connected to the internet from home thanks to the Buffalo Bills.

The Buffalo Bills Social Justice Fund donated $500,000 to the district to fund Spectrum Enterprise Stay Connected K-12.

The service gives schools the ability to offer high-speed internet access directly to students' homes free of charge.

The service also does the following

  • Download speeds up to 50 Mbps to support video collaboration and large file transfers
  • In-home WiFi to connect all of the WiFi enabled devices in the residence.
  • Unlimited usage with no data caps, providing schools/districts with a consistent cost per user.
  • Self-installation kit with modem and router that allows end-users to get connected quickly and easily, with no intervention required from schools/districts.
  • 24/7/365 technical support, relieving schools/districts of the responsibility of technical support for the end-user connections.

"Teachers and staff across Buffalo Public Schools are dedicated to providing each child equal access to high-quality education. We are grateful to the Buffalo Bills and Spectrum Enterprise for helping to ensure that we continue to deliver on that promise," said Myra Burden, Chief Technology Officer for Buffalo Public Schools.

"It is such an amazing feeling that we were able to help so many kids out," said Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes. "It's a crazy time we are dealing with as so many kids are not able to go to school. The fact that we were able to provide so many homes with a simple tool such as the internet so they could continue their education is an incredible feeling. I know how important education is. It can help a long way to get you out of any situation you are in. The fact that we were able to provide these resources for these kids so that they can better themselves and continue their learning process, I'm ecstatic, and I know my teammates are super happy. And we just want to wish them nothing but the best."

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