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Hotspot on wheels: Alabama adds Wi-Fi to school buses

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(CNN/Meredith) – Some school buses in Alabama are becoming mobile Wi-Fi spots.

Eufaula City Schools is taking a technological leap, turning a yellow school bus to a hotspot on wheels, fitting buses with Wi-Fi for students to connect up to 60 devices.

Joel Washington has been taking students to and from school for more than 20 years and thought he would never see this day come.

"No, never in my whole entire life knowing this service would be part of our system," said Washington.

The school administration says this $23,000 investment is well worth it since most of the students are given Chromebooks or tablets to take home.

This part of the school’s initiative to use software for homework, textbooks, and other assignments.

Some parents believe their kids spend too much time in front of a screen. However, the average bus ride for a Eufaula City Schools student-athlete is more than an hour and parents believe students will better use their time with this new service.

Corey Kirkland says this will especially benefit those who don't have access to the internet at home.

"The time that could be wasted to and from games they can now be working on their homework, studying for a test, doing the things they need to do so they don't get behind," he said.

Officials say internet access on the buses will be limited, to make sure students focus on schoolwork.

The service will be available to students from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

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