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Blog // Connect Michigan

Get Free Mobile Broadband for Your Students!

By Connected Nation

We are excited to support the White House ConnectED Initiative and AT&T Aspire’s commitment to mobilize learning. AT&T is helping Title I-eligible middle and high schools receive free off-campus connectivity and related technology for their students as part of AT&T’s $100 million ConnectED Initiative pledge. These efforts will help connect 50,000 students across the nation and equip them with cutting-edge educational tools. Want to be a part of this exciting effort? Schools have until November 14 to apply for a Phase II award. Don't hesitate. Apply via our online portal now! This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to create twenty-...

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Connecting Communities With LiveOps

By Connected Nation

Our teams across the nation are working with local providers and governments to bridge the digital divide in underserved areas -- particularly across rural America. None of the progress we've made would be possible without great partners, like our friends at LiveOps!  They recently joined our Connect Iowa team for their annual Broadband Summit where they participated in our "Digital Job Creation" panel. This panel was facilitated through Digital Works, our program that offers training for the 21st century workforce as well as work placement. Digital Works has an established relationship with LiveOps as an agent recruiting partner. Once...

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Key FCC action to advance the reform of the E-rate program

By Connected Nation

The Federal Communications Commission released yesterday a Public Notice (PN) requesting further comment regarding the E-rate program modernization reform. The E-rate program provides funding to support the  telecommunications and Internet access needs of schools and libraries across the nation. This new item advances the reform launched by the FCC on July 2013 (see E-rate Modernization NPRM) and sets the stage for the implementation of Chairman Wheeler’s vision for the reform of the program as advanced in his speech of February 5, 2014 (see White House and FCC Advance Plans to Connect America’s Schools and...

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Today Deadline for Expressions of Interest in FCC Rural Broadband Experiments program

By Connected Nation

Today marks the deadline for interested parties to file non-binding expressions of interest in the Rural Broadband Experiments (RBE) program first announced last month by the FCC. The program, which is spurring widespread interest with already dozens if not hundreds of submissions on the record, seeks funding proposals for projects to connect areas across the country that lack broadband access. The program hopes to incentivize deployment of “scalable” broadband networks in communities without ubiquitous broadband at speeds of at least 3 Mbps down/768 kbps up. This new funding program, which could be as large as $230 million, has drawn the...

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