Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Apple, MS, others pledge to help get more US students on Internet

updated 11:16 am EST, Tue February 4, 2014

Obama initiative valued at about $750 million

US President Barack Obama is today announcing commitments from several US corporations towards connecting more students to high-speed Internet, says the Associated Press. In all, about $750 million has been pledged; Apple is offering $100 million in iPads, computers, and other tools, while Verizon is providing the same amount in straight cash and in-kind contributions. AT&T and Sprint are offering free Internet access; Microsoft is promising copies of Windows at discounted rates, and 12 million free copies of Microsoft Office.

To add to this, the Federal Communications Commission is setting aside $2 billion from service fees over two years in order to connect another 20 million students. The combined efforts are going towards fulfilling a goal Obama declared last summer, which was having 99 percent of students on high-speed Internet within five years. At the time, he noted that only about one in five US students had that access, whereas countries like South Korea are completely connected.

Obama and the White House also recently secured pledges from US companies to change hiring practices for the long-term unemployed. It's believed that intentionally or not, many businesses are biased towards hiring people who have been unemployed for less than six months, even though there may be no difference in qualifications.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Tablo DVR

With over-the-top content options growing past Hulu and Netflix, consumers may be finding it harder to justify paying a monthly fee fo ...

Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth speaker

There could very well be a new king of the hill for Bluetooth speakers, with Sound Blaster's recent entry into the marketplace. Bringi ...

Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this y ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News