Education and Training

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the Broadband Opportunity Coalition (BBOC) & Speed Matters' partner One Economy are working together to close the 14-percentage point gap in home broadband adoption between White and Hispanic households.
About 100 million Americans do not have broadband access at home. Numerous surveys tell us why: lower-income people can't afford computers and Internet access, many people don't know how to use the technology, others don't see the value of the Internet, and about 12-24 million Americans still don't have access to broadband networks.
The FCC formally approved the merger of Qwest Communications and CenturyLink on March 18, a $22 billion deal that will impact over 17 million telephone and 5 million broadband customers in 37 states.
As teachers and students have embraced web-enabled applications, videos, and Internet-assisted research, schools need the broadband capacity to keep up with hungry minds. Unfortunately, according to a recent PBS survey of 1,401 full-time teachers K-12 and 197 pre-K teachers, speed issues are commonplace.
ConnectKentucky?s Computers 4 Kids program will donate 150 refurbished computers to Greenup County families, according to Connected Nation.
The Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC) hosted a two-day policy summit in Washington, D.C. with a broad focus on broadband policy and how it intersects with social justice and civil rights issues. Speakers included all of the FCC's Commissioners, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Rep. Cliff Stearns - the Chairman of the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, Rep. Bobby Rush - the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., and a mix of industry and policy leaders.
While a lot of attention has been focused on the infrastructure grants awarded by The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), the biggest impact that BTOP grants could be in broadband adoption. There are a number of very exciting projects in this field, and several different models to increase digital literacy and interest in broadband.
The Federal Communications Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau released a new survey of schools and libraries that receive support from the E-Rate program. The results show an overwhelming need for faster Internet connections in these institutions.
Parents who have access to broadband technology and the skills to use it can better engage with their children's education, according to a report by the Children's Partnership.
One Economy, along with the Broadband Opportunity Coalition (BBOC), launched a new campaign called: We Are Now Connected. The goal of the initiative is to "expand digital literacy and broadband initiatives on an unprecedented scale -- ensuring high-speed Internet access in underserved communities, increasing online content and Internet relevancy, and empowering low-income individuals across the United States."