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Blog // Connected Tennessee

Connected Tennessee Donates Printers to State Boys & Girls Clubs

By Jennifer Cobb

Connected Tennessee’s Computers 4 Kids program has been a resource partner of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tennessee since 2008, donating computers and printers and helping to facilitate more than 90,000 digital literacy-training hours to disadvantaged youth across the state. On April 2 at the 2014 Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year Legislative Luncheon, Connected Tennessee donated five new Lexmark printers to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Smoky Mountains, and one directly to 2014 Boys & Girls Clubs of Tennessee State Youth of the Year Ashley Heatherly of the Smoky Mountain Region. "Technology opens the door to the future,"...

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5 Predictions for the Web in 2025

By Jennifer Cobb

According to technology experts celebrating the world wide web’s 25th birthday last week, the web in 2025 will help improve education, help cultivate better partnerships globally, and jumpstart changes to healthcare and the systems behind it. On the other hand, these technology experts also say the web in 10 years will see online privacy as a luxury for the rich as the web will contribute to and expand the global wealth gap and amplify loss and abuse online. The five predictions according to InformationWeek: 1. Big data will affect the public's actions and behavior             “We will...

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Connected Tennessee Supports SETDD Regional Broadband Meeting

By Jennifer Cobb

With Alyson Ferine Last week, Connected Tennessee was invited to attend a regional broadband meeting coordinated by the Southeast Tennessee Development District (SETDD) in cooperation with the Office of US Senator Bob Corker and hosted by Volunteer Energy Cooperative in Decatur, TN. The goal of this meeting was to facilitate dialogue regarding broadband and the real world challenges and issues faced by those living in the SETDD counties. Residents from around the district participated in panels discussing the lack of availability and cost-prohibitive broadband options. Providers represented at the summit were AT&T, Comcast, Charter...

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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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