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Blog // Connect Puerto Rico

National High-Technology Day

By Wil Payton

AT&T’s HACEMOS, a Hispanic/Latino Association, recently hosted its second National High Technology Day. More that 1,900 high school students from 30 cities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico were involved in the event which was designed to generate interest in STEM careers. The students toured the company’s facilities, and had the opportunity to work with AT&T personnel, who shared technical insight about their areas of expertise. According to the News is my Business website: “The goal behind the annual event is to get more minority students interested in science, math and engineering career opportunities by exposing them to positive...

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Key FCC action to advance the reform of the E-rate program

By Connected Nation

The Federal Communications Commission released yesterday a Public Notice (PN) requesting further comment regarding the E-rate program modernization reform. The E-rate program provides funding to support the  telecommunications and Internet access needs of schools and libraries across the nation. This new item advances the reform launched by the FCC on July 2013 (see E-rate Modernization NPRM) and sets the stage for the implementation of Chairman Wheeler’s vision for the reform of the program as advanced in his speech of February 5, 2014 (see White House and FCC Advance Plans to Connect America’s Schools and...

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Today Deadline for Expressions of Interest in FCC Rural Broadband Experiments program

By Connected Nation

Today marks the deadline for interested parties to file non-binding expressions of interest in the Rural Broadband Experiments (RBE) program first announced last month by the FCC. The program, which is spurring widespread interest with already dozens if not hundreds of submissions on the record, seeks funding proposals for projects to connect areas across the country that lack broadband access. The program hopes to incentivize deployment of “scalable” broadband networks in communities without ubiquitous broadband at speeds of at least 3 Mbps down/768 kbps up. This new funding program, which could be as large as $230 million, has drawn the...

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