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Blog // Connected Tennessee

Computers 4 Kids

By Erin Kleinlein

This month, Connected Tennessee has distributed 545 new laptops through the Computers 4 Kids program to graduating foster youth from across the state as the program continues to make an impact on students across Tennessee. The summer will conclude with a total of 694 computers distributed to foster youth. As part of the Computers 4 Kids: Preparing Tennessee’s Next Generation for Success project, Connected Tennessee works to provide computers and printers to youth who are active in the state’s 76 Boys & Girls Clubs and to foster youth. This year alone, Computers 4 Kids has distributed 544 computers, and a total of 4,903 since the...

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FCC’s Lifeline Broadband Pilots Test Strategies for Promoting Broadband Adoption among Low-Income Americans

By Connected Nation

This month Connected Nation is raising awareness about digital learning programs and partners across the country. Today’s blog is shining a spotlight on the FCC Lifeline Broadband Pilot program which launched last week. These pilots are underway in several states to test how best to increase adoption of high-speed Internet among low-income Americans, a group with strikingly low adoption levels. The FCC established the Lifeline broadband pilot program last year as a competitive selection program for projects to gather data regarding what programs would result in higher adoption rates among low-income consumers.  Connected Nation is...

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Digital Learning Opportunities in Tennessee

By Erin Kleinlein

Digital learning month is upon us and there’s no better way to celebrate than to gain some knowledge about digital concepts and devices. Digital learning can be applied to numerous parts of our lives including education, economic and employment opportunities, safety, and just plain fun. To become more tech-savvy this summer, check out the conferences, classes, and other events below! Digital Learning Conferences Summer Institute 2013 By Tennessee Educational Technology Association A combination of various events, interest sessions, and vendor exhibits about topics relating to technology and education. July 9-12- Dyersburg, TN http://www.teta...

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U.S. Senate passes Farm Bill; Broadband Access an Economic Development Priority

By Phillip Brown

Rural gigabit broadband pilot program and other amendments underscore importance of accurate and verified broadband mapping data Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013, S. 954, by a vote of 66 – 27.  The Senate Farm Bill is the latest iteration of an omnibus authorization bill that is known as the “Farm Bill” that is reauthorized by Congress every five years. The bill approved by the Senate yesterday would invest nearly $955 billion over the next ten years, and Title VI would continue support for rural economic development and infrastructure improvements, including notable changes to the...

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