Education and Training

According to a new ALA report, libraries have generally increased broadband speeds but "just 2 percent of all libraries meet national benchmarks established by the FCC."
School officials in Tennessee have found that merely handing out iPads and Chromebooks does not in itself close the digital divide.
Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) hopes to provide low-income students with home Internet, using the same system of public assistance that underwrites other necessities.
FCC Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel indicate support to extend Lifeline universal service to broadband.
The FCC approved further modernization of its E-rate program, and raised the Connect America Fund?s benchmark speed to 10/4 mbps, moves immediately praised by CWA and other organizations.
CWA today congratulated the FCC on its move to raise the annual cap on E-rate funding by $1.5 billion.
?The Communications Workers of America supports FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to raise the cap on E-Rate funding."
Students without home Internet flood the branches ? especially in low-income areas of the metro. And frequently have to wait or receive outdated and inadequate computer equipment.
A new report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) highlights successes in Arkansas and California.
The Syracuse Common Council passed a resolution August 26, calling on ?... Verizon Communications... to build its all-fiber FiOS network throughout the city.?