Philadelphia School District competing for limited supply of wireless hotspots to get students online

By KYW Newsradio 1060

The problem is that school districts across the country are competing for the same supply of hotspots.

"We don't have many. And we don't think we're going to be able to get many. Maybe if we were lucky we could get a couple of thousand. 1,500 to 2,000 if we're lucky. We've ordered as many as we can get. But we're being told it's not likely we're going to get more than a thousand,” Hite said. 

Hite says once the Chromebook distribution is completed in the coming days, the district will begin to assess how many hotspots are needed. 

He says homeless students and the neediest families will get them first, on a case-by-case basis.