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Blog // Connect Puerto Rico

Video: Libraries—Critical Community Component for Digital Learning and Internet Access

By Wil Payton

Three in ten people in the U.S. do not have home access to the Internet. Check out this excellent video from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that highlights how libraries across the country have become a vital resource for enhancing digital literacy in the communities they serve.   Be sure to follow Connect Puerto Rico on Facebook and Twitter for more articles on how technology impacts your life!  

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Connected Nation Pilots New Mobile Learning Model with AT&T, EDMODO, Kno and Samsung

By Wil Payton

Connected Nation recently facilitated a trial in collaboration with AT&T, Edmodo, Kno, and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), to pilot a new K-12 mobile learning model that combined mobile devices, connectivity and educational content with the ambition to make “anywhere education” easier than ever.   The pilot tested both a shared and one-to-one mobile learning model in two high school classes. It reached 100 students over an eight-week period.  Findings included: ·       Most students, teachers and parents agreed the mobile learning solution enhanced the learning experience and...

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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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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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