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Microsoft CEO Bill Gates (Left) and former President Bill Clinton (Right)  (Source: All Things D)
Microsoft made the announcement at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, which took place in New York yesterday

Microsoft announced that it will help one million students from low-income families obtain broadband Internet access through a three-year commitment with the Clinton Global Initiative, which is a philanthropic organization operated by former President Bill Clinton.

According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), there are approximately 100 million people in the U.S. without access to broadband. Within that 100 million are 9.5 million students that fall into a category known as the "digitally excluded."

A lack of Internet access can negatively affect a student in today's world because many aspects of our lives are now digital. The Internet is critical for research and even communication with the teacher and other students. Many schools even have websites where parents and students can check on school events, student grades and other pertinent information. Without the Internet, children do not perform as well in school and are more likely to drop out of high school, according to All Things D.

Students without Internet access are lost in the "digital divide," which refers to the social and economic challenges some people deal with when they don't have access to the Internet that many others take for granted. Microsoft wants to help bridge that gap through the three-year commitment with Clinton. This commitment aims to provide broadband access to the Internet for school-age students in low-income families.

Microsoft made the announcement at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, which took place in New York yesterday.

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RE: Digitally excluded?
By Fritzr on 9/21/2011 1:32:50 PM , Rating: 2
It means those without access to broadband websites. You can check your email on dialup. Anything beyond that the website designers assume a 1Mb or faster connection when deciding how much junk, having nothing to do with content, will be loaded before you can view a page.

I regularly run across comments saying that older style minimal byte-count pages are quaint, unattractive and should be avoided. Unfortunately, those are exactly the kind of pages a dial-up connection needs. You hear the same comments about operating systems that are able to run on an 8bit 1Mhz computer. It might be multi-tasking & multi-user just like Windows, but it doesn't "Look Pretty". (No that 1Mhz wasn't a typo, GEOS for Commodore 64 is a windowed OS)

Then there are the genuinely Digitally Excluded who for one reason or another cannot afford a computer and internet connection. Members of this group who happen to live in a Comcast service area are the targets of the program Comcast agreed to as part of their merger with NBC.

It is a loosely defined term with each group providing a "solution" defining it in a manner that best suits their need for publicity.

RE: Digitally excluded?
By DanNeely on 9/21/2011 1:57:51 PM , Rating: 2
Only people with school age kids are covered by the Comcast program since its eligibility criteria is getting free lunch at school.

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