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Blog // Connect Ohio

Connect Ohio Staff Gives Back Through Community Care Campaign

By Lyndsey Kleven

Connect Ohio and its parent organization, Connected Nation, have partnered with Habitat for Humanity for this year’s corporate giving campaign. The campaign stretches from June through September. During this time Connect Ohio staff and partners are encouraged to raise funds and donate their time in support of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide by making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Its ministry was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child, should have a simple, decent...

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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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TECH CORPS Highlights Importance of Technology to Education

By Lyndsey Kleven

TECH CORPS’ aim is to inspire and educate K-12 students about technology and the computer science industry. Founded in 1995, its mission is to create a technologically literate society in which all K-12 students have equal access to technology skills, programs, and resources that will enhance their education and allow them to successfully compete in the global economy. The mission is achieved through the organization’s support and recruitment of tech-savvy volunteers, looking to give back by providing students with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related skills. The organization is based on founder Gary Beach’s...

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