Dos Palos-Oro Loma, California, School District Bridges Homework Gap

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Located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, Dos Palos (CA) is halfway between San Jose and Fresno. It’s a remote community, which created challenges for the Dos Palos-Oro Loma Joint Unified School District (DPOL) when it needed to implement distance learning plans during the pandemic. Paoze Lee, the district’s technology systems director, said it was obvious that the district could provide wireless and broadband coverage only to about 50 percent of its students via commercial wireless operators. “As we tried to bridge the digital divide, we wanted to fill in the gaps,” Lee says. “One of those gaps is Wi-Fi connectivity at home.” DPOL is now working with Nokia and AggreGateway to build a private wireless network so every student can access its learning facilities. The two-phase deployment will serve the distance learning needs of 2,400 students. Upon completion, the wireless network will provide internet access to the homes of students using the Nokia Private 4.9G/LTE Digital Automation Cloud (NDAC) operating on Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) and customer premises equipment, including Nokia FastMile 4G Gateways and Wi-Fi Beacons.

Dos Palos-Oro Loma School District Bridges Homework Gap