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Education Organizations Support Proposed Digital Equity Act

By Net Assets posted 04-24-2019 07:37 AM

  

(from EdSurge) Nearly a dozen education organizations have endorsed a new bill that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband access in communities that currently lack it. Introduced into the senate in early April, the Digital Equity Act of 2019 would create two new annual grant programs of $125 million each, to be distributed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

“We believe this [bill] is important because it does go beyond the boxes and wires of broadband implementation, and really gets at building capacity. Most specifically, it can positively impact education for off-campus access and collaboration in communities, and can support both parents and students,” said Christine Fox of the State Educational Technology Directors Association, one of the bill’s endorsers.

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