A Private Wireless Network for K-12 Student Access

Athonet’s CBRS mobile core delivers fast, consistent and secure internet connectivity

fort worth indipendent school district

The Customer

The Fort Worth Independent School District, the fifth largest school district in Texas. 

The need was to build a connectivity solution that would reliably deliver reliable, high-speed cellular service for the district’s students working from home. 

The Challenge

In the wake of the Covid pandemic, many school districts adopted hybrid learning models in which students split their time between in-person classes and virtual learning at home. While most students have returned to the classroom now and aren’t remote schooling anymore, many are still assigned online homework that requires a strong internet connection to access. In fact, the Fort Worth ISD plans to extend its instruction with after-hours programming featuring virtual learning and tutoring and small group tutoring in the afternoon evenings and weekends. 

Introduction

With a mission to deliver a hybrid learning model, the Fort Worth Independent School District (Fort Worth ISD) deployed a private, Athonet-based wireless network for at-home student access. Fort Worth ISD serves 75,000 students across most of the city of Fort Worth. The district also serves the cities of Benbrooke, Westover Hills and Westworth Village, and also covers parts of Forest Hill and Haltom City and the unincorporated parts of Tarrant County.