The TD191: Bridging the Economic Gap for Students

The “wealth gap”. We hear it all the time. A phrase used to describe the unequal distribution of assets among Americans such as homes, automobiles, valuables, businesses, savings, and investments. One asset we don’t typically think of when we think of wealth is education. Both access to education and the quality of education received. School-aged children in America are afforded free education in the form of public schooling. Unfortunately, every student doesn’t always have the tools at home that are essential to succeed.

While the focus of COVID-19 has been on the health and wellness of the country, the virus has also served to further highlight the financial and resource “gaps” in many communities and schools all over the country. As COVID-19 cases began to surge, in an effort to protect students, schools closed their doors and implemented some sort of home-schooling/distance learning measures. The question then becomes, what does this academic approach mean for disadvantaged students? Students that lack access to reliable internet or even a device to engage in eLearning risk failing, being left behind their peers, and further disadvantaged.

Now, more than ever, affordable technology is needed to help bridge the economic gap and begin to tip the scales for less fortunate students. More specifically, JACS Solutions created its TD191 for this very purpose. We believe and hope that the TD191 can play a crucial role in helping to bridge the economic gap between students and give every child a fair shot at academic achievement.

I’m sure you’re asking yourself, what is this TD191 and how can it help? Well, I’m glad you asked. The TD191 is a 4G LTE USB Dongle, which is a fancy way of saying a device that when plugged into a USB port can instantly provide Internet connectivity of up to 4G LTE speeds. This means that if schools can get a TD191 in the hands of all their students, everyone can have reliable Internet access and begin closing the gap. The TD191 is also device agnostic, which means that whatever device students have access to, whether a Chromebook, laptop, and in some cases a tablet, they can insert the plug n’ play TD191 and instantly have access to the Internet for eLearning portals, research, and more. The dongle is compact making it easy to use and manage and also features a built-in SD card reader to extend device storage to hold more assignments, videos, music, images, and more on devices where the storage might be split between several family members.

Our mission to help students have access to the tools they need doesn’t just end at the dongle. We’ve partner with Asavie, a leader in secure mobility solutions, to make sure that while we provide tools to schools and students to help them succeed, educators can distribute these tools knowing that their students are safe and secure. Asavie’s AccessMyLan solution combines with JACS’ TD191 to help schools provide management and security of all data that’s accessed through the dongle. Their solution is also fully compliant with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) so that harmful online content is one less thing that educators, parents, and teachers need to worry about.

We can’t begin to close the economic gap and ensure Internet access is available to all students unless the technology necessary to make the difference is affordable. That’s why the TD191 is available at a price point that is much less than similar dongles on the market, to fit the budgets of schools everywhere. Thanks to initiatives like the CARES act Project Serv and the Emergency Relief Fund, funds are now available for schools to get started right away. If we have learned anything from this experience, it’s that education is one area we need to always be prepared in for the sake of our students, improving their online education for not only the current crisis, but extended snow days, and whatever else may come our way.

Click here to learn more about the TD191 and all of JACS’ distance learning solutions. For even more information, call 443.718.4333, email, or visit us on the web at