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Albemarle Want to Close Digital Gap Between Schools, Home

There are 28 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Apr 3, 2013, titled Albemarle Want to Close Digital Gap Between Schools, Home. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Albemarle educators want to eliminate a digital divide. Albemarle County School's $3.8 million Digital Divide Plan would give every student access to the Internet at home.

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Frank

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Apr 4, 2013
Why should I pay for kids to access to the internet at home when the county roads have huge pot holes and need to be widened to accommodate the increase in population. If teachers want kids to access the internet then they need to figure out the how, and not put it on county tax payers. I am so tired of the county using tax payers money for schools and county residents get less and less services.
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Apr 4, 2013
expect the entrenched ISP providers (comcast, centurylink....) to fight this tooth and nail
twinmom

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Apr 4, 2013
If the schools want all students to have access (and I think that they should), the schools and the BOS need to work with the companies that currently provide this service to other customers at affordable rates. Hello! ACPS should not be going into the cable business!
People, think this through! What happens when the schools connect Property Owner #1, does Property Owner #2 who lives next to PO #1 get to connect also even if he doesn't have kids, or does he have to wait for the regular service? And what happens when PO #1 moves away and the new owner doesn't have kids. Will they be disconnected? Will the service be limited to educational use only? Or is Grandpa going to use it for internet poker? How much will the families have to pay for this? Are you going to offer it to them for free? Why would the rest of us continue paying private companies for internet; we'll just disconnect and let the school pay for it. Are you providing the computers for home use too? Look what happened to the city after they did this - millions of dollars over budget.
Too many what ifs? for me to support this right now. Give the taxpayers a solid proposal with all the details before you spend our money.

“Equal Opportunity Not Results!”

Since: Nov 08

Charlottesville

#4 Apr 4, 2013
Jesus Christ! I am sick of Albemarle County Schools spending money on "wants" rather than needs! Just like the smart boards that are nothing more than a glorified computer monitor. Children in China and India are getting smarter in schools with dirt floors and chalk boards. This is nothing more than politically correct BS.
RandomThoughts

Atlanta, GA

#5 Apr 4, 2013
How many of these students have cell phones ?

Moma and daddy can get them access.

want want want want

The teachers should crack a book in school instead of a solid list of WANTS day in day out.

Tesla didn't have a i-phone
Bologna Streets

Midlothian, VA

#6 Apr 4, 2013
next well be paying for everyones cell service. Were already buying cell service for the poor.
Back to Reality

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Apr 4, 2013
I am canceling my service tomorrow because I would rather that the county pick up the expense for my kids to watch Youtube videos. Do you think I can get reimbursed for the years I have paid for my own DSL service?
Mike

San Jose, CA

#8 Apr 4, 2013
Them internets ... they cause so much trouble
Goodmoneyafterba d

Gladys, VA

#9 Apr 4, 2013
This is a mistake and it has nothing to do with helping kids who don't have internet access. These are your kids, people. Get involved. Ask questions. As the man said above...5%. Think about it!
Hmmm

Collinsville, VA

#10 Apr 5, 2013
huck wrote:
expect the entrenched ISP providers (comcast, centurylink....) to fight this tooth and nail
Probably not. The school system is in the process of installing a fiber optic loop throughout the county. Perhaps that is step one of this process.
TechEggheads

Collinsville, VA

#11 Apr 5, 2013
I don't recall asking for this nor see how this is about education. The most important experience for a student is what occurs in the classroom ya boneheads!
reality check

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Apr 5, 2013
Keep Teachers. Let them teach. Most teachers don't see the value in all instruction done through a computer. They want to teach the children. They are constantly taking cell phones away from children.

Teachers are going to be cut to pay for computers and now internet.

I want a teacher teaching my child, not a computer.

I'll be writing the BOS today!
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Apr 5, 2013
Hmmm wrote:
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Probably not. The school system is in the process of installing a fiber optic loop throughout the county. Perhaps that is step one of this process.
I wasn't aware of that.
While they're digging up, they should lay enough fiber to subsidize this project by selling access to compete with comcrap.
WeNeedAWatchdog

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Apr 5, 2013
If Moran and her CIO want this, then let them pay for it! Education dollars should not be squandered of this type of fluff and it is fluff!

3.8 mill is just the start. Wait until they tool the students with devices and software and more support staff.$$$$
Rufus

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Apr 5, 2013
Well, my youngun's aint got no computerator, so what good is that thar internet access?
o b a m o supporter

Merrillville, IN

#16 Apr 5, 2013
Ken Boyd is correct. Why pay millions of dollars to reach 5%. That 5% has no problem getting cell phones and Cable and other exceptional services. Albemarle and Charlottesville are jokes. If they keep moving in the give everything without having to do anything mentality, they soon will be bankrupt. Citizens need to stand up and fight against such waste.
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Apr 5, 2013
o b a m o supporter wrote:
That 5% has no problem getting cell phones and Cable and other exceptional services.
if they have cable, they have internet access
King Ralph

Lexington, VA

#18 Apr 5, 2013
First of all, they're kidding themselves if this is going to cost only $3.8 million. Second, why in the hell are the schools wanting to get involved? I've heard of high schoolers that could run rings around the school IT administration, they are clearly operating out of their jurisdiction.

It's an admirable goal but of ALL the governmental bodies that could be tasked with this, the Educators have proven to be uniquely incompetent, even at even their own duties. Adding money and responsibilities to the Keystone Kops squad is only asking for more wasted resources.

Why not give the students vouchers so they can at least get satellite internet or service that runs off 3G networks if they don't have it at home? For anything that doesn't require a heavy upload (i.e. anything students could feasibly need), this would be more than adequate.
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Apr 5, 2013
this will be cheaper in the long run than issuing voucher for satellite (expensive) and 3G (assuming they even have a tower in range).
Bucky

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Apr 5, 2013
I certainly expect the household to pay a monthly access fee.

To provide a govt funded service, which is NOT essential, for one resident but not another, because they don't have kids, is very questionable.

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