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Apple, Microsoft, US carriers commit $750 million towards education

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 05 Feb 2014 19:41 User comments (6)

Apple, Microsoft, US carriers commit $750 million towards education President Barack Obama has announced $750 million in commitments from U.S. companies to help bring broadband Internet to more classrooms.
AT&T and Sprint have committed free Web service through their wireless networks, Microsoft has committed to significantly discounting their Windows operating systems and will also offer 12 million copies of Microsoft Office free, Apple has committed $100 million in iPads and computers and Verizon will donate $100 million in cash.

"In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, we should definitely demand it in our schools," Obama said during his speech at a middle school.

Perhaps most importantly, the FCC will be using $2 billion collected from service fees to connect 15,000 schools and over 20 million students to high-speed broadband before the end of 2016. President Obama says only 30 percent of U.S. students have true high-speed Internet access at school.

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16.2.2014 13:19

Quote:
the FCC will be using $2 billion collected from service fees to connect 15,000 schools and over 20 million students to high-speed broadband before the end of 2016
While that may be a nice thing to do in theory, it is unconstitutional to use taxes collected to support infrastructure on education.


26.2.2014 13:54

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Quote:
the FCC will be using $2 billion collected from service fees to connect 15,000 schools and over 20 million students to high-speed broadband before the end of 2016
While that may be a nice thing to do in theory, it is unconstitutional to use taxes collected to support infrastructure on education.
i agree using money on education is good but i don't think broadband is compulsary to get a good education in school.When i was in school we have limited number of pentium 2 computers and slow internet with hundreds of sites blocked, we still got an education without having high speed broadband and latest computers.


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36.2.2014 14:12

Originally posted by xboxdvl2:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
Quote:
the FCC will be using $2 billion collected from service fees to connect 15,000 schools and over 20 million students to high-speed broadband before the end of 2016
While that may be a nice thing to do in theory, it is unconstitutional to use taxes collected to support infrastructure on education.
i agree using money on education is good but i don't think broadband is compulsary to get a good education in school.When i was in school we have limited number of pentium 2 computers and slow internet with hundreds of sites blocked, we still got an education without having high speed broadband and latest computers.

When I was in school our internet was virtually useless not only because of low speed but also because even google was blocked. As for computers, it was all donated trash; we were running 386's when the Pentium 3 came out. What did that teach me? programming, CAD, computer repair/modification, networking, and an understanding of the basic fundamentals of the internet that the average NSA tech can't match (if they could, wikileaks would be a tiny joke of a website). Giving an iPad to a kid seems like an attempt to destroy their future possibilities. With the exception of digitized text books, about all an iPad is going to teach them is how to be as inept about technology as my ancient grandmother (who loves her iPad because it is so easy to do the handful of things it can actually do).


47.2.2014 22:02

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Quote:
the FCC will be using $2 billion collected from service fees to connect 15,000 schools and over 20 million students to high-speed broadband before the end of 2016
While that may be a nice thing to do in theory, it is unconstitutional to use taxes collected to support infrastructure on education.
Careful, that borders on getting political, which is a no no here. I guess you were assuming that the President believes in, and abides by, the Constitution.
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58.2.2014 16:37

Originally posted by xboxdvl2:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
Quote:
the FCC will be using $2 billion collected from service fees to connect 15,000 schools and over 20 million students to high-speed broadband before the end of 2016
While that may be a nice thing to do in theory, it is unconstitutional to use taxes collected to support infrastructure on education.
i agree using money on education is good but i don't think broadband is compulsary to get a good education in school.When i was in school we have limited number of pentium 2 computers and slow internet with hundreds of sites blocked, we still got an education without having high speed broadband and latest computers.

when i was in school we didnt have an internet and i did ok.lol

68.2.2014 17:16

Originally posted by aldan:
Originally posted by xboxdvl2:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
Quote:
the FCC will be using $2 billion collected from service fees to connect 15,000 schools and over 20 million students to high-speed broadband before the end of 2016
While that may be a nice thing to do in theory, it is unconstitutional to use taxes collected to support infrastructure on education.
i agree using money on education is good but i don't think broadband is compulsary to get a good education in school.When i was in school we have limited number of pentium 2 computers and slow internet with hundreds of sites blocked, we still got an education without having high speed broadband and latest computers.

when i was in school we didnt have an internet and i did ok.lol
When I was in school, transistor radios were in their infancy. That was when I was in 6th or 7th grade. By the time I was a senior, in high school, Norelco came out with a battery operated mini tape recorder. Computers, at that time, were probably as big as my current house. :) There was no Internet.

And, I did okay, too. I am a Professional Engineer (Civil Discipline)
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 08 Feb 2014 @ 17:16

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