Lafayette, LA – To better ensure our community’s resilience during the current public health crises and beyond, LUS Fiber is working to make their network more accessible to all. As part of those efforts, we are proud to participate in Lafayette Parish School System and Love Our School’s Link & Learn initiative. This program offers LUS Fiber internet at no cost to qualifying households and a lower cost for all households with LPSS students.
A Pew Research Center survey conducted in early April finds that “the vast majority of Americans view the impact of the internet positively, and nearly nine-in-ten say it’s been an essential or important tool during the coronavirus outbreak.”
Additionally, recent research by the Fiber Broadband Association concludes that, “key internet usage shifts have already clearly occurred during the Pandemic,” and state that “this is especially true for applications that require heavy two-directional transmission such as video conferencing.”
This demand for high-speed internet access from families as they seek to simultaneously work and learn both safely and productively from home brings with it a need for symmetrical internet connections, those which feature equal download and upload speeds, and only LUS Fiber’s robust, all-fiber network can offer this level of connectivity to residents locally.
“Without [internet] access, students are shut out from online classes, employees are cut off from telework, and we are all less connected,” says the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society.
“In a time where internet is an essential tool in education, the Link & Learn initiative is setting children up for success.” – Mayor-President Josh Guillory.
This program is made possible through a broad public-private partnership between LPSS, Love Our Schools, Pugh Family Foundation, William C. Schumacher Family Foundation, One Acadiana, LUS Fiber, and other local businesses and community organizations.
Interested parents and guardians should visit https://www.lpssonline.com/smarts for more information, including terms, conditions, and restrictions, and to print an In-Home Internet Assistance Application. Applications must be received by a student’s base school no later than October 30th, 2020.