Hotspots and Filtering

Internet content filtering for FCPS WiFi hotspots and devices has many valuable applications. It can be used to mitigate the risk from web-borne threats, and create a student-friendly browsing experience.

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Hotspots

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  • Provider: AT&T
  • Plan: Unlimited data, can throttle to slower speed after 22GB usage/month.
  • CIPA Content Filter: Yes
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  • Provider: Verizon
  • Plan: Unlimited data, can throttles to slower speed after 22GB usage/month.
  • CIPA Content Filter: Yes
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  • Provider: T-Mobile
  • Plan: Unlimited data, can throttle to slower speed after 50GB usage/month.
  • CIPA Content Filter: Yes
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  • Provider: Kajeet/Verizon
  • Plan: 1.5GB per day, 10GB per month
  • Speed Renews: 14th of month
  • CIPA Content Filter: Yes
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  • Provider: Kajeet/Verizon
  • Plan: 1.5GB per day, 10GB per month
  • Speed Renews: 14th of month
  • CIPA Content Filter: Yes
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Jetpack MHS900L (Recall)

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There was a federal recall for this hotspot. It should be returned immediately to the school.

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Internet Access

FCPS WiFi Locations

Many of FCPS schools have boosted their WiFi to extend outside the walls of the building. This allows students and families access to the internet from the parking lot for access to materials to download, or upload content for their classes.

Home Internet Study

Fauquier County Public Schools was one of thirteen K-12 urban, suburban and rural school districts from across the United States with approximately 750,000 students that participated in the six-week study, securely sharing information on internet usage, latency and performance from network filter logs and video conferencing solutions. The resulting findings will serve as a guide for school district technology leaders across the United States working to improve online learning equity.

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FCC Broadband Program

Starting May 12 2021, families struggling to afford internet during the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for a discount on their monthly bills. The Emergency Broadband Benefit program, administered by the Federal Communications Commission, will temporarily provide eligible households discounts of up to $50 a month toward broadband service.  The program is funded by $3.2 billion approved by Congress in December, as part of COVID-19 relief legislation, to help households with low incomes stay connected to the internet.

Eligible households can get a discount of up to $50 a month toward their broadband service. They may also be able to receive a one-time discount of up to $100 discount on a laptop, computer or tablet from some providers if they contribute between $10 and $50 toward the purchase price. The program is for one monthly service discount and one device discount per household, according to the FCC.

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Content Filtering

Content Filtering

Content filtering technologies ­ensure compliance with Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) while also protecting students and district resources from exposure to harmful content. CIPA imposes certain requirements on schools and districts that receive funding for telecommunications technology via the E-Rate program. CIPA specifies that schools must have an Internet safety policy with technology protection measures “that block or filter Internet access to ­pictures that are obscene, child ­pornography or harmful to minors”.

Do the hotspots use content filtering?

All hotspots provided by FCPS include CIPA compliant content filtering. Each service provider has their own content filter solution that allows different levels of management by FCPS. It is possible for one vendor hotspot to block content that another allows to be accessed.

Each vendor’s content filter will display a message when a website is blocked by the content filter.

 

Do devices (Chromebooks, Windows laptops) that students take home have content filtering?

Any device that is allowed to go home with a student will include CIPA compliant content filtering. Both Chromebooks and Windows laptops use Relay by Lightspeed Systems.

The Relay filter displays an error page when attempting to access a website/page that is considered inapprorpriate.