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Connect Alaska’s work featured in Broadband Communities Magazine

By CAK Staff

Connect Alaska’s work with the Association of Alaska School Boards to help to improve students digital literacy skills has been featured in an article in Broadband Communities Magazine. Specifically, the article talks about the work in Metlakatla, where the local school children are expanding their digital learning skills through the use of “robotics, drones, 2D/3D printers, e-publishing and digital entrepreneurship.” “They are learning to teach the world how Alaska Native values of generosity and trusted mutual support have come full circle, aided by powerful new tools for sharing, and are now being continually reinvented by digital Natives...

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Verizon Awards Alaska School District Grant for 3D Printing program

By CAK Staff

Thanks to a grant from Verizon, an Alaska school district is going to launch a new 3D printing program. According to an article from Alaska Business Monthly, the Northwest Arctic Borough School District has been awarded a $20,000 Verizon Innovate Learning Grant, which will be used for “its Arctic Careers in 3D Printing program, which will incorporate 3D printing technology and curriculum in the STEM labs of its 11 schools that serve more than 500 high school students.” “We’re tremendously thankful to receive this grant. 3D printing has the power to transform life in Arctic villages and improve the lives of our students and our families,”...

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USDA Awards more than $1 Million for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Projects in AK

By CAK Staff

Two school districts and one health care provider in Alaska have been awarded grants to help improve education and health care in Alaska. According to an article in Alaska Business Monthly, the USDA-RD’s Rural Utilities Service grants have been awarded to: Aleutians East Borough School District, “to make University of Alaska and Alaska Vocational/Technical Education Center courses available to students from the Aleutian Islands.” Southeast Island School District “to link 10 very small, rural Alaskan village schools to the larger school and curricula in Thorne Bay.” Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium “to provide healthcare...

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FCC Increases Broadband Speed Target

By Connected Nation

Yesterday, the FCC voted to increase the national broadband availability target from 4 Mbps down/1 Mbps up to 10 Mbps down/1 Mbps up fixed. It could mean that faster Internet speeds will be coming sooner to communities across the nation.  Our efforts in Connected Nation states has brought quality broadband to more homes, schools, and businesses -- but as the graph below shows, there is still work to be done to meet these new goals.  Affordable, fast, Internet is bringing new opportunities and prosperity to underserved areas across the nation, and our teams are leading the way to bridge the digital divide.  Want to learn more...

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