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Colorado schools get $2 million to support internet access

The state also partnered with T-Mobile to provide 34,000 WiFi hotspots and up to 100 gigabytes of data a year to low-income families who qualify.

DENVER, Colorado — Democratic Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday that $2 million from the CARES Act will be sent to districts to address the 65,000 students the state’s Department of Education (CDE) estimates who don’t have access to internet at home.

“They’re more likely to disengage and they’re more likely to fall behind,” Polis said at a news conference at the Sheridan School District.

While low COVID-19 cases in the state will push more students back into the classroom, families have to be prepared to go remote. Some won’t want to send students back right away and others might have no choice if a school experiences a virus outbreak.

The state also partnered with T-Mobile to provide 34,000 WiFi hotspots and up to 100 gigabytes

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Chinese agriculture services provider Green Grass Ecological Technology Development files for a $24 million US IPO

Green Grass Ecological Technology Development, which provides specialty farming and agriculture services in China, filed on Thursday with the SEC to raise up to $24 million in an initial public offering.

The company currently engages in the specialty agriculture farming of alfalfa, wasteland transformation, agriculture harvesting services, and biomass raw materials collection and processing for power plants and paper mills. The company occupies over 12,000 acres of land pursuant to contracts with local counties, and it believes it is well-equipped to operate on a modern agriculture production scale.

The Huhe Haote City, China-based company was founded in 2013 and booked $24 million in revenue for the 12 months ended December 31, 2019. It plans to list on the Nasdaq under the symbol QQCY. Green Grass Ecological Technology Development filed confidentially on May 20, 2019. The company has not selected an underwriter yet. No pricing terms were disclosed.

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State education officials want $1 million for satellite internet :: WRAL.com

— When state lawmakers gather again next week, they’ll consider a $1 million request to help children in hard-to-reach places access the internet via low-orbit satellites.

The satellites are part of a broadband internet program from SpaceX, which is available now in some northern states and will be moving worldwide over the next year, according to the company’s “Starlink” website.

For $1 million, State Board of Education Chairman Eric Davis said the state should be able to create 1,000 hot spots in parts of the state where physical broadband infrastructure isn’t realistic. The technology should be available in North Carolina by October, Department of Public Instruction Director of Legislative Affairs Freebird McKinney told lawmakers.

“We sure would like to take advantage of that opportunity,” Davis said.

The ask came Tuesday during a meeting of the House’s coronavirus working group on education issues.

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