4YOURMISSION – A Blog by Mobile Beacon

Mobile Beacon’s EBS Mobile Broadband Service Supports Digitally Disadvantaged Communities

June 14, 2018

The digital divide is a devastating challenge for millions of Americans and nonprofits across the country. Without affordable access and digital literacy skills, those on the wrong side of the digital divide are unable to fully participate in today’s digital world. In an article published by the Benton Foundation, TechSoup’s Global Director of GreenTech, Jim […]

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36 hours in Detroit

May 31, 2018

36 Hours is a domestic cultural-exchange program that allows business leaders to travel to a buildOn school and “walk in the shoes” of U.S. students. This program was developed by buildOn, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations in the U.S and abroad through service and education. […]

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Susan Bearden from the Consortium for School Networking Shares Surprising Findings from Mobile Beacon Research

February 27, 2018

Schools need affordable and reliable internet to prepare students for their digital future. However, many schools continue to struggle to meet the broadband demands of today, let alone tomorrow. In an article published by the Benton Foundation, Susan Bearden, the Digital Equity Project Director for the Consortium for School Networking, discusses the surprising findings of […]

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Mobile Beacon Submits Comments in Response to the FCC’s NPRM, Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Consumers

Mobile Beacon Submits Comments in Response to the FCC’s NPRM, Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Consumers

February 26, 2018

Mobile Beacon submitted comments on February 21, 2018, in response to the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquire title, “Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Consumers.” Mobile Beacon is greatly concerned about the proposed changes to the Lifeline program. We believe many of these changes will result in widening – not closing […]

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John Horrigan from the Technology Policy Institute Highlights Mobile Beacon Research

February 2, 2018

Millions of low-income individuals and families struggle to find affordable broadband options causing a large connectivity gap across America. In an article for the Benton Foundation, Jim Horrigan, Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute, highlights current efforts by many organizations to close this gap. The article features Mobile Beacon’s innovative broadband adoption efforts, in […]

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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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