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NACEPF and Mobile Beacon Submit Comments in Response to FCC’s NPRM, Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band

August 9, 2018

The North American Catholic Programming Education Foundation (NACEPF) and Mobile Beacon submitted comments on August 8, 2018, in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band. NACEPF and its subsidiary Mobile Beacon welcome the Commission’s decision to initiate this EBS proceeding, which has the potential to facilitate 5G […]

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COSN Supporting Students & Families in Out-of-School Learning Report

June 21, 2018

CoSN released an updated version of its digital equity toolkit, titled “Supporting Students & Families in Out-of-School Learning.” The resource, which provides school leaders with strategies to help students and families who do not have adequate Internet access at home, includes a new section on how districts can partner with their local governments and communities to […]

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How Nonprofits Help Digitally Disadvantaged Communities Connect

June 6, 2018

Researchers at Purdue University maintain that the digital divide is the most critical issue of the 21st century. It is a persistent social problem that hobbles millions of Americans and one that multiple types of nonprofits work on. TechSoup donor partner Mobile Beacon has conducted some very interesting research on how nonprofits are getting digitally disadvantaged […]

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Mobile Beacon part of tech distribution to low-income Colorado families

May 16, 2018

JOHNSTON – Bridging the Gap, a charitable initiative of PCs for People and Johnston-based internet service provider Mobile Beacon, hosted a computer and mobile-hotspot distribution event May 11 in La Junta, Colo., and will hold another one in Aurora, Colo., May 22. The events are aimed at helping low-income families gain technological tools, Mobile Beacon […]

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Statement by NACEPF and Mobile Beacon on EBS Rulemaking

May 10, 2018

NACEPF and Mobile Beacon issued a statement on the Federal Communication Commission’s vote to begin a new rulemaking to reform the 2.5 GHz Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum today. NACEPF and its subsidiary Mobile Beacon welcome the Commission’s decision to initiate this EBS proceeding, which has the potential to facilitate 5G wireless deployment and free […]

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Bridging the Gap partners with local organizations to distribute 300 computers and internet access to rural Colorado community

May 9, 2018

Bridging the Gap, a nonprofit-led initiative of PCs for People and Mobile Beacon that helps community anchor institutions like housing authorities, schools, libraries, and nonprofits provide affordable computers and internet service to individuals and families below the 200% poverty level, is hosting a distribution event to provide technology to hundreds of low income families in […]

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The FCC Looks Toward the Further Commercialization of the Educational Broadband Service

April 25, 2018

On the books for the FCC’s May Open Meeting will be a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding rule changes to establish commercial eligibility for Educational Broadband Service (EBS) licenses and to “rationalize” the EBS service areas. EBS is not a well-known radio service, so to appreciate the significance of these changes, a little history […]

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Library helping residents bridge the digital divide

April 10, 2018

These days, you need internet access for everything, says Maria Meachum, director of the Wilmington Public Library District, which is connecting residents — particularly those in low income households or in areas not serviced by mainstream internet providers — to online services. The district’s 4G LTE internet hotspot loan program has been wildly popular and […]

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Internet access is quietly changing Seattle’s tent cities

March 19, 2018

When Seattle librarians visited the gated cluster of tents and tiny houses that make up Camp Second Chance in White Center, they brought Star Wars comics, Dean Koontz books and Jon Krakauer’s “Into the Wild” for homeless campers to check out. But the most popular item was­n’t a book. It was a Wi-Fi hotspot in […]

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Report reveals surprising data about mobile broadband usage in schools

March 12, 2018

A recent Mobile Beacon report analyzing mobile broadband usage by non-profit organizations, including schools, finds that schools utilizing Mobile Beacon’s 4G LTE internet service indicate that the ability to supplement and/or extend existing school networks is the greatest benefit of the service. The report, “Creating Opportunity Through Connectivity: How Mobile Broadband for Anchor Institutions Impacts Communities,” analyzed […]

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