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Blog // Connect Michigan

E-rate Reform Offers Key Opportunity to Further Close Digital Divide

By Connected Nation

The FCC is in process of reforming the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund -- better known as "E-rate."  Last week, the FCC received comments  from over 700 members of the public – educators, librarians, state and local government, industry members, and non-profit companies – including Connected Nation – all that are working to bridge the digital divide for our nation’s students.  Connected Nation’s comments focus on three key points that the FCC should follow as it modernizes the E-rate program:  Connectivity at the School, in the Classroom, and at Home.  Connected Nation believes that the...

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Maps of Proposed Connect America Fund, Phase I, Broadband Upgrades

By Connected Nation

Today, Connected Nation unveils a set of maps of the areas that broadband providers have proposed to receive subsidies to upgrade to broadband, as part of the FCC’s Connect America Fund Phase I. In May 2013, the FCC made available to certain broadband providers up to $485 million in one-time subsidies to build-out broadband to areas that currently do not have access to fixed broadband at speeds of 3 Mbps download/768 kbps upload. In August, these service providers filed lists of areas in which they propose to build out broadband using these one-time subsidies. These filings were based on the broadband mapping data collected by...

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Integrating Digital Age Technology In Education: A Michigan Perspective

By Wil Payton

It’s Education Month at Connect Michigan and we are highlighting how Michigan schools are actively engaging technology to prepare students to succeed in school and career pursuits. Bruce Umpstead is the state director, education technology and data coordination, for the Michigan Department of Education. Umpstead is structuring and rolling out year two of a $50 million annual technology readiness infrastructure grant (TRIG) program with 700 local districts and all 56 intermediate school districts participating. The main goal of TRIG is deploying a statewide education network with the goal of interconnecting all schools in a common fiber...

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