School districts across Alaska are using more distance learning to help protect the health and safety of students and educators during the current health crisis. This means more internet access will be required to access school resources, and that can be hard for families with limited or no internet access. To support school from home and the educational needs of students in rural Alaska, GCI has developed a new service that allows students in these areas to access school-provided content online, from the safety of their own homes, with no impact to their home internet plans.
Normal internet is delivered through a connection between your home and the local GCI facility. This facility has a connection to one of GCI’s core internet facilities, like Anchorage. Whenever you are requesting a webpage, a video, or just checking your email, that information flows through the core internet facilities and is counted against your usage allowance.
Now, with this new school-provided connectivity, students will have direct access to their school using a secure app. All information flows through the local GCI facility without usage being counted in the core internet facility. If your child is using the secure app, they are limited to the resources provided by the school and can’t access normal internet. When they disconnect from the secure app, everything they do returns to normal internet and is counted against your usage allowance.
This service is available in many communities in rural Alaska, only. Check with your school to see if they have chosen to take part in the school-provided internet program. A similar product is available for Anchorage residents, but it has different usage rules and requirements. Contact your school for more information.