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Blog // Connect Alaska

USDA Grant Funds Rural Telemedicine and E-Learning

By Eric Frederick

 The USDA is making $19 million available to rural areas seeking to expand distance learning opportunities and telemedicine. The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program gives schools, government groups, non-profits, businesses, and others the opportunity to obtain equipment and instruction that can benefit local students, teachers, doctors, and, most importantly, the community.  Nearly one fifth of America’s population resides in rural areas, as classified by the U.S. Census Bureau. These nearly 59.5 million people are spread over more than 90% of the nation’s land area, making it exceedingly difficult to concentrate...

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Fighting Cyber Attacks Nationally and Locally

By Connected Nation

As technology grows in importance and prevalence in business and in day-to-day activities, so do the risks involved in its use. Cyber attacks are becoming more common, more sophisticated, and more diverse, affecting entire industries and even countries collectively, all the way down to the individual user. Governments and law enforcement officials are now using the power of the Internet to fight its risks, by creating a more powerful security architecture and, most importantly, by keeping end users aware of the threats. Cyber attacks may range anywhere between annoying—such as email spam or viruses that create repetitive ads—to devastating,...

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Small Alaska School Gets Connected Thanks to Apple, ConnectED

By CAK Staff

A small school in rural Alaska is getting connected, thanks to an educational technology grant from Apple Inc. According to an article in Alaska Dispatch News, each student and teacher at the K-12 school in Nanwalek, Alaska, will receive an iPad. In addition, teachers will receive a MacBook Pro and the classrooms will have Apple TV. “Having this exciting technology will attract students to school and increase attendance. This type of learning is interactive and focused,” principal Nancy Kleine wrote in an email published in the article. “If we can engage kids, if we can help them want to come to school in Nanwalek, we can...

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Seeking Community Champions for New Connected Program

By Jeremy Thacker

Alaska boroughs and towns are getting a brand new tool to begin the process of bringing better broadband to local homes and businesses and improving the digital literacy skills of their residents. The beta version of the new Connected community engagement portal is now live through the Connect Alaska website. The Connected program will help communities expand broadband access, adoption, and use. It takes communities through an assessment of their technology capacity via the new online portal and then works to find solutions to meet local needs. Any community in the state is invited to join the Connected certification program and use the many...

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