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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 Taft12 on 9/22/2011 11:51:29 AM , Rating: 2
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Well my thing is when Republicans were in office all those years, we never heard this "both sides suck" thing. Like ever, it was always Republicans suck. Now that Obama has turned out to be the huge bust he is, suddenly it's the "government" that's the problem. How convenient...


Bush's legacy is the War on Terror and the Iraq War II. It'll be hard for any future US president to top the suck factor there.

Obama wants his legacy to be a single-payer health care system. He won't get it while he's in office, but he may get some credit for finally getting the country going down that road.


RE: I'd vote for Clinton again...
By ebakke on 9/22/2011 2:00:21 PM , Rating: 2
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Obama wants his legacy to be a single-payer health care system. He won't get it while he's in office, but he may get some credit for finally getting the country going down that road.
Maybe. I wonder if he'll also then get partial credit for the ensuing bankruptcy that a single-payer health care system will inevitably usher in.


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