4YOURMISSION – A Blog by Mobile Beacon

Bridging the Gap Expands in October to Salt Lake City, the First of Five New Locations

December 7, 2017

Between May 2016 and September 2017, Mobile Beacon and PCs for People launched Bridging the Gap in Denver, CO. This program provides donated computers and mobile hotspots to individuals and families in need. The technology is provided through distribution events held with the assistance of other local organizations. The distribution events in Denver’s were so […]

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ALA’s Larra Clark Spotlights Mobile Beacon Research on Hotspot Lending

November 20, 2017

Libraries can make a significant societal impact by providing internet services to their patrons who otherwise do not have access. Earlier this year, Samantha Schartman-Cycyk and our Executive Director Katherine Messier conducted a research study “Creating Opportunity Through Connectivity”, which reported on Mobile Beacon library customers’ hotspot lending programs and the positive impact that internet […]

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A Look Back at PCs for People & Mobile Beacon’s Bridging the Gap Distribution Events in Denver

October 16, 2017

Mobile Beacon and PCs for People Denver recently completed a series of technology distribution events held in Denver, CO from September 2016 until May of 2017. Through our Bridging the Gap program, Mobile Beacon and  PCs for People Denver partnered to provide computers, hotspots, and affordable internet to individuals and families under the 200% poverty […]

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Hotspot Lending Success at Wilmington Public Library

September 14, 2017

By Maria Meachum, Director, Wilmington Public Library District   Let’s dispel a myth today. We will do my personal favorite: “Nowadays everybody has internet” aka “you can get free wifi anywhere.” Talk about fake news. The Pew Group, one of the nations leading polling groups recently released a study that shows while lower income Americans are slowly […]

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Hillsboro School District Uses Mobile Beacon Hotspot Donations for Students in Need

Hillsboro School District Uses Mobile Beacon Hotspot Donations for Students in Need

February 28, 2017

The Hillsboro Independent School District serves a diverse student population in the heart of rural Texas. After instituting a one-to-one technology program at the local high school for all freshmen through junior students, teachers began to realize that not everyone had internet access at home. To prevent any student from falling behind, Hillsboro High School […]

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FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel: 1 in 5 Students Fall into Homework Gap

FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel: 1 in 5 Students Fall into Homework Gap

October 24, 2016

Earlier this month, Mobile Beacon joined our friends at the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) in Washington, DC to educate our lawmakers about why it’s so important to ensure our schools, kids and communities are able to connect to fast and reliable internet service. At the Capitol Hill briefing, we heard from FCC Commissioner […]

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Together, we kept more than 260,000 people online – and counting!

April 27, 2016

It is amazing what a group of committed and passionate people can do! At the end of last year, Mobile Beacon finally had the ability to transition our community of school, library, and nonprofit users to Sprint’s 4G LTE network. With only 90 days before Sprint’s WiMAX network was permanently shut down, our small staff […]

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Spring Forward: National Digital Inclusion Efforts on the Rise

April 21, 2016

Having worked on digital inclusion programs for the last six years, it’s hard to contain our excitement about the huge leaps forward that have occurred in the first three months of 2016. It seems like we’re finally beyond the “It’s 20XX, doesn’t everyone have access to technology?” and “Isn’t Internet access like cable, great to […]

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5,000+ Low Income Twin Cities Residents Now Online with LTE!

April 5, 2016

  Last week, on the eve of the WiMAX shutdown in the Twin Cities, Mobile Beacon was on site in St. Paul with our partner, PCs for People (PCP), to help remaining low-income Twin Cities residents get online with our new 4G LTE service. It was a busy day right from the start. Before PCs […]

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Court Grants Motion by Nonprofits and Sprint to Extend WIMAX Service Through March

January 29, 2016

    (BOSTON) January 29, 2016 – A Massachusetts state court today granted a joint motion to extend a preliminary injunction that temporarily saved Internet access to 1,820 nonprofits, 429 schools, and 61 libraries across the country. The motion was made by six nonprofit organizations who provide broadband access to more than 300,000 vulnerable Americans […]

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