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FCC Offers $10 billion for Broadband Network Upgrades

By Tom Koutsky

Today, the FCC formally offered the nation’s largest telephone companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Frontier, CenturyLink, FairPoint, and Windstream, $10 billion in subsidies to offer broadband service to over 4 million homes and businesses that are currently unserved. Today’s offer is a critical step in “Phase II” of the Connect America Fund, which will subsidize the construction of 10 Mbps down/1 Mbps up broadband networks in these areas over the next six years. These providers have until August 27, 2015 (120 days) to accept or reject the FCC’s offer on a state-by-state basis. If they reject these offers, the FCC will begin to award...

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100% of Alaska School Districts Submit Broadband Data for School Audit

By CAK Staff

Contributed by James Dunn – One hundred percent of Alaska school districts have submitted important information on broadband connectivity, wireless and wired network capacity, equipment, and district Wide Area Network connectivity as part of the Alaska School Broadband Audit initiative, a multi-faceted series of projects undertaken by Connect Alaska in partnership with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The Initiative is designed to provide the public, educators, and policymakers with a comprehensive picture of broadband connectivity and use at all public K-12 schools in Alaska. This response is...

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Alaska Looks to Reduce Budget in Education

By Sarah Hagen

Alaskan legislators are looking at education programs for budget cuts. The following excerpt from the Alaskan Dispatch News explains which programs would take the biggest hits:  Best Beginnings, an early childhood reading program; Parents-as-Teachers, which assists parents with educating their children; the ANSWERS data system program; the Online With Libraries program; the Live Homework Help program; the Statewide Literacy Program; broadband assistance for rural schools; and others. See the full article to learn more about these budget cuts. This article can be seen as a rally cry. Yes, the House has proposed these cuts, but there's...

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Alaska Schools Make Critical Transition

By Sarah Hagen

In an article from the Alaskan Dispatch News we share that, “This month, for the first time, Alaska's students will log onto computers to take a statewide exam – one that abandons pencils and paper and stands to test the strength of servers and bandwidth across the state.”  This transition has had both positive and negative effects.  Students get more critical experience with computers, which opportunities have previously been few, but it comes at the cost of taking valuable time away from the curriculum in order to teach them how to take a test on the computer. New educational expectations demand improved...

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