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Blog // Connect Michigan

President Obama to Propose ConnectED Initiative – Substantial Funds for Upgrading School and Library Broadband Capacity

By Tom Koutsky

Today, President Obama will call on the Federal Communications Commission to ramp up its $2.3 billion per year E-Rate program to meet the ever-increasing needs of students, teachers, librarians, and learners for broadband capacity at our nation’s schools and libraries. The ConnectED initiative has the goal of ensuring that 99% of public schools in the United States will have access to a minimum of 100 Mbps broadband connections within five years and the initiative will establish Gigabit connectivity as a goal. ConnectED is characterized as a one-time capital injection into broadband infrastructure for these community institutions. In...

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It’s Digital Learning Month at Connected Nation!

By Connected Nation

It’s Digital Learning Month at Connected Nation and we’re looking forward to highlighting the benefits and needs for digital learning programs, partners, and applications.   According to the FCC, 66 million people in the U.S. lack basic digital literacy skills. In addition, 15 percent of people who do not adopt broadband– 10.4 million adults – say that a lack of digital literacy skills is the main reason they do not subscribe to broadband. Our team at Connected Nation is committed to expanding digital learning and has established several programs to help with this goal. These successful programs include: Every Community...

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