Broadband for America’s (www.broadbandforamerica.com) mission is to make broadband access to the internet available to every household in the nation; to provide data transfer speeds to make that broadband experience valuable to users; and to provide the bandwidth necessary for content providers to continue to make the internet a cultural, societal, and economic engine for growth. Over 100 member organizations belong to this consortium, including Net Literacy.
Increasing broadband adoption is a priority for Broadband for America, and an Adoption Committee is being formed during the first quarter of 2010. Net Literacy (www.netliteracy.org) was the first organization to be formally invited to participate on the Adoption Committee.
In a recent filing with the FCC, Net Literacy called for K-12 students on free or assisted lunch programs and without a computer at home receive priority receiving free or discounted hardware and broadband connections. Net Literacy called for the creation of a national digital literacy corps (www.digitaliteracycorps.org) and that Executive Order 12999 be strengthened so that schools received a “right of first refusal” to received computers deemed surplus by the Federal Government. The filing is available at http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/view?z=yx57b&id=6015500723
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