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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: I'd vote for Clinton again...
By Reclaimer77 on 9/21/2011 4:37:33 PM , Rating: 1
Did you have to "shut him down" by repeating the same Democratic lie that Clinton had a "surplus"? The deficit grew under Clinton because of spending. You cannot have a "surplus" if you are increasing the national debt.

Clinton looked great on paper because he reaped the benefit of the ending of the Cold War and the reductions in military spending that came with it. And he was in office during the Internet bubble. If you can point me to some amazing economic policy of his that lead to any of these, I would love to see it.

I just find it funny that all these years later you people still need to defend Clinton; a President who was impeached. A national embarrassment.

RE: I'd vote for Clinton again...
By Taft12 on 9/22/2011 11:28:08 AM , Rating: 2
Clinton and the USA were highly regarded around the globe during his tenure. There was much less to be embarrassed about during those days compared with the state of things today.

RE: I'd vote for Clinton again...
By wempa on 9/22/2011 12:01:12 PM , Rating: 2
Excellent post. While Clinton wasn't a terrible president, his success was greatly exaggerated. I always laugh when people say "the economy was great when Clinton was in office". Like you mentioned, a huge part of that was the internet/technology boom. It's also interesting that the came crashing down pretty hard after Y2K in 2000-2001.

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