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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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Online Tutor Training Program available from Tennessee Literacy Coalition

By Jennifer Cobb

About 50% of unemployed adults nationwide read at the lowest literacy levels according to the Department of Labor. Twenty-eight percent of Tennessee adults 25 years or older who have less than a high school diploma are living at or below the poverty level. Of these individuals, 12.5% (or 1 in 8 adult Tennesseans) are functionally illiterate - meaning that they can barely read, if at all. This past spring, local organization Tennessee Literacy Coalition launched its Online Tutor Training program to provide free online volunteer tutor training for those interested in becoming a volunteer literacy tutor. The ultimate goal for the online...

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Technology in Education at East Elementary

By Jennifer Cobb

East Elementary School in Humboldt, Tennessee recently received two grants, one from 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) and another from the Tennessee Department of Education, called the Focus Schools Grant, to assist the school with providing tools to help close the test score gap for its economically disadvantaged learners. The Focus School grant program is designed to support Focus Schools – the 10 percent of schools in Tennessee with the largest achievement gaps between groups of students – in developing deliberate, data-driven strategies to ensure growth for student subgroups that have underperformed their peers. The CCLC...

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