AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO THE TECHNOLOGY AND DATA INSTITUTE TO OPERATE A PILOT PROGRAM TO EXPAND HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS TO STUDENTS OF LOW-INCOME FAMILIES IN CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA.
Appropriates $1 million for 2021-22 from the General Fund to the Office of State Budget and Management to be allocated to the Technology and Data Institute, a public service consortium of public entities, for a pilot program to expand high-speed internet access to students of low-income families in central North Carolina, beginning with the 2021-22 school year. Gives priority to students without sufficient broadband access for online learning and focuses on developing a sustainable model for the design, building, and operation of the technology infrastructure and services required for high-quality and easy-to-use internet access for all Pre-K through postdoctoral students in the 12-county Piedmont region. Effective July 1, 2021
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