New initiative seeks digital access for 1 million low-income students

10/21/2011 1:18:16 PM
Last week at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Microsoft Corp. launched a three-year program to ensure that 1 million students from low-income families in the United States receive the benefits of software, hardware and discounted broadband Internet service.

Microsoft will work with state, city, nonprofit and private organizations — including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and One Economy — to develop and accelerate reduced-cost programs and policies that will include the following:
 
•    Windows-based PCs optimized for students
•    Broadband Internet access
•    Microsoft education software
•    Job skills training

In the U.S, approximately 9.5 million students are digitally excluded outside of their schools. According to the Federal Reserve, these students have a high school graduation rate six to eight percentage points lower than those who have home access to the Internet.
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