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The Next Steps to Connect Rural America

Every day, advances driven by cloud computing play an increasingly important role in our economy and society. But more than 19 million rural Americans still lack access to affordable, reliable broadband. A technology solution exists: broadband signals can be carried many miles on unused TV spectrum, known as TV white spaces (TVWS).

But to spur market-driven adoption of this technology, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must establish rules to provide sufficient spectrum and appropriate technical requirements. In VFI’s upcoming webinar, Microsoft's Paula Boyd, Senior Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs for Telecommunications, will bring you up to speed about the status of this issue in Washington, DC, and how you can help move the needle on this issue. She’ll also highlight the work that Microsoft is doing to help deploy TVWS broadband in communities across the country.

The Next Steps to Connect Rural America
Paula Boyd, Microsoft Sr. Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs for Telecommunications
Tuesday, September 18, 1:00-1:45PM Eastern | 10:00-10:45AM Pacific

Once you register, we will email you call-in information.

September 18, 2018 at 1pm
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posted about Make Computer Science Count on Facebook 2016-04-26 17:21:48 -0700
SIGN THE PETITION: Computer Science Belongs in the Core

Make Computer Science Count

242 signatures

I support the effort to make computer science count as a math or science requirement for high school graduation.

Too few U.S. students are pursuing college degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Only about 51,000 bachelor’s degrees are awarded annually in computer science, but there are an estimated 120,000 new computing jobs each year requiring this degree.

One reason that students are not pursuing computer science in college is because they have not studied—or even been exposed to—the field in high school. In 37 states, computer science only counts as an elective toward graduation. It doesn’t count for science. It doesn’t count for math. This makes no sense at all when computing and STEM are critical to our innovation economy. This needs to change.

We need to modernize state education standards to make computer science count!

Voices for Innovation, Microsoft, and other partners are launching an effort to encourage states to make computer science count. Please show your support for this effort by adding your name to the petition below.

By signing this petition, I am endorsing state-level initiatives to:

  • Improve and expand access to computer science education; and
  • Accept qualifying career, technical, and academic courses in computer science as meeting high school graduation requirements.

For more information, click here.

posted about Fix The Talent Gap on Facebook 2016-04-26 17:21:19 -0700
Sign the petition: Fix The Talent Gap

Fix The Talent Gap

Sign the petition and tell Congress to fix the talent gap!

896 signatures

posted about Computer Science Education for Every Student on Facebook 2016-04-26 07:36:07 -0700
Sign the petition: Computer Science Education for Every Student

Computer Science Education for Every Student

Sign the petition below to voice your support for bringing computer science to American students. Leaders at all levels of government should develop and support policies that provide access to computer science learning for students of all ages, including adult job-seekers.

498 signatures

Yes, I Support Computer Science in America’s Classrooms!

I join with other Americans in calling on Congress, state governments, and local leaders to support computer science education and training.

Every student should have the opportunity to learn about and participate in creating the technology that’s changing our world. Learning basic computer science helps nurture creativity and problem-solving skills that help prepare students for any future career and path in life.

Today, technology is fundamental to our economy, our communications, and our way of life. It should also be a central part of American education.