The nation’s largest wireless internet provider is making plans to offer wireless broadband to schools and universities, including a plan to sell the service in California.
In an announcement Wednesday, Mci Communications said it will be selling wireless broadband in the state through a partnership with the California State University system.
Mci’s proposed agreement with CalState offers an opportunity for the state to bring wireless broadband into the public schools.
CalState spokesperson Mark Sisson said that Mci has signed a deal with Cal State to offer a wireless broadband network for students to use, with the company’s participation contingent on Cal State agreeing to provide a local provider to connect to its network.
The wireless service will be available to students for free for five years.
“Our goal is to make this a reality, so that students will be able to access high-speed internet at their school and at home, while being part of a network that helps them access the things they need to succeed academically,” said Sisson.
The announcement comes as California’s two largest school districts — UC Davis and UC Berkeley — continue to grapple with the fallout from the 2016 school shooting.
Last week, a group of students protested outside of a campus police station in Berkeley to protest the school’s handling of the incident.
The protest came days after an investigation found that the school was in the process of using an automated “fire” system that resulted in the deaths of two students.
The system was not designed to prevent a violent crime.