Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Private LTE cellular enables remote learning for a Utah school district

The Murray School District in suburban Salt Lake City is using private LTE to keep 6,000 students connected to their classrooms, as mandated remote schooling continues through the COVID pandemic’s late stages.

The district had been looking for a private LTE system to provide reliable connectivity for homework and remote classes since 2016, having identified a real digital divide in its student body. Home Wi-Fi or public cellular data connections didn’t always provide enough bandwidth to handle live and recorded video, particularly in households where several students and their parents might be trying to connect at the same time.

The private LTE network didn’t pan out until recently, however, after the formerly restricted citizens broadband radio service (CBRS) became more widely available in January 2020. Before that, licensing sufficient broadband spectrum was far too expensive for a suburban school district, according to Jason Eyre, CTO of the Murray schools.

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Thanks to Jon Gold (see source)

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