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Blog // Connect Iowa

WATCH: Online Learning - The Future of Education in Iowa

By Jeremy Thacker

As we wrap up Connect Iowa education month, we take a look forward at the future of Iowa’s classrooms. In this video, Iowa Online Learning director Gwen Wallace Nagel shows us how virtual learning is already offering Iowa’s students opportunities that were once unthinkable! And she looks to what the future holds… with the gift of statewide broadband. Online Learning: The Future of Education in Iowa from Connected Nation on Vimeo. For more Iowa broadband news and updates, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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WATCH: Iowa's 1:1 Learning Initiative

By Jeremy Thacker

Iowa is committed to improving education statewide through broadband expansion. Many school districts are already adopting 1-to-1 (1:1) initiatives to ensure students have direct around-the-clock access to learning and resources. In this video, state education leaders explain the profound impact of the 1:1 programs and the challenges the state still faces in connecting every Iowa student to broadband. Iowa's 1:1 Learning Initiative from Connected Nation on Vimeo. And for more Iowa broadband news and updates, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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E-rate Reform Offers Key Opportunity to Further Close Digital Divide

By Connected Nation

The FCC is in process of reforming the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund -- better known as "E-rate."  Last week, the FCC received comments  from over 700 members of the public – educators, librarians, state and local government, industry members, and non-profit companies – including Connected Nation – all that are working to bridge the digital divide for our nation’s students.  Connected Nation’s comments focus on three key points that the FCC should follow as it modernizes the E-rate program:  Connectivity at the School, in the Classroom, and at Home.  Connected Nation believes that the...

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Maps of Proposed Connect America Fund, Phase I, Broadband Upgrades

By Connected Nation

Today, Connected Nation unveils a set of maps of the areas that broadband providers have proposed to receive subsidies to upgrade to broadband, as part of the FCC’s Connect America Fund Phase I. In May 2013, the FCC made available to certain broadband providers up to $485 million in one-time subsidies to build-out broadband to areas that currently do not have access to fixed broadband at speeds of 3 Mbps download/768 kbps upload. In August, these service providers filed lists of areas in which they propose to build out broadband using these one-time subsidies. These filings were based on the broadband mapping data collected by...

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