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AT&T Offers $100 Million to Improve Internet Access in US Schools

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USA based AT&T has launched a programme aimed at improving broadband internet access to the country's schools.

It's estimated that just 30 percent of US schools have broadband internet access, and earlier this year AT&T committed to be part of ConnectED, a White House initiative to connect 99 percent of classrooms to next-generation digital learning by 2017.

By launching its ConnectED online application, AT&T said that it is taking a step toward making broadband internet access available to more Title 1 middle and high school students.

AT&T has pledged $100 million to this initiative. The funds will provide 50,000 middle and high school students in Title 1 schools free Internet connectivity for educational devices over the company's 4G mobile broadband network.

The online application and selection process is being administered by Connected Nation, an independent, non-profit organization. School applications will be evaluated in three phases, with Phase 1 applications due on July 15, 2014. Phases 2 evaluations will commence in in Late Fall 2014, while Phase 3 will take place in Late Spring 2015.

"We believe that technology, when properly implemented, has the power to transform education in significant and meaningful ways. AT&T's commitment provides an unprecedented opportunity for schools to extend learning beyond the classroom door and fully realize the many ways in which mobile technology can enhance teaching and learning." said Tom Ferree, Connected Nation's President and COO.

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