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Google to expand wi-fi on school bus program to Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Google is expanding a pilot program that equips school buses with wi-fi for students in Tennessee.

Google's 'Rolling Study Halls' adds wi-fi to school buses for students in rural areas or with long commutes so they can get homework done while on the bus.

The programs were first tested in the Carolinas and is now expanding to 16 school districts in 12 states.

Google will block access to social media sites and limit access to class-related sites.

Google is paying for the service for districts in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.

Each district will also receive Chromebooks if the schools are not already using them. Sites were selected based on median household income and length of bus rides. Which district(s) in Tennessee have not been revealed at this time.