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Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 3, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ June 3 The Oxford Eagle on the recent vandalism of a confederate monument on the University of Mississippi campus: The vandalism of the confederate monument on the University of Mississippi campus was a bleak affair – one that could have been prevented,...

SAT drops plans for home exam amid internet access concerns

Jun. 2, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

The company that administers the SAT college entrance exam is scrapping plans to provide a home version of the test this year, saying it can't guarantee all students would have access to the needed technology. The College Board announced Tuesday that it's pausing plans for the remote exam but still hopes to make...

King, senators call for improved broadband in tribal areas

May. 30, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator has joined a group of colleagues in calling for the Federal Communications Commission to make it easier for tribal communities to get access to broadband internet. Sen. Angus King and others said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai should extend the period for tribal...

Survey: 26% of Navajo Tech students lack Internet, computers

May. 29, 2020 5:42 AM EDT

CROWNPOINT, N.M. (AP) — A survey conducted by Navajo Technical University found that around 26% of its students lack access to either the Internet or a computer. The Gallup Independent reports the survey comes as the Crownpoint, New Mexico, school works on expanding its broadband infrastructure. The...

Fanny Mendez, right, mother of 14-year-old Marlene Beltran, left, and Felipe Beltrán, 5, helps her children at home to make a cube out of paper as they listen to an hour-long lesson broadcast by the Bacata Stereo radio station during the lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Funza, Colombia, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The Beltrans work on dairy farms and have no internet connection at home, so the hour-long radio lesson developed by the municipal government keeps the children busy while schools are closed. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Amid virus lockdown, radio lessons return in Latin America

May. 28, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

FUNZA, Colombia (AP) — At a small farmhouse outside Colombia’s capital city, Marlene Beltran picks up a ruler and crayons. She turns on the radio, sits down at a creaky wooden table and helps her 5-year-old brother with a lesson on how to make paper cubes and decorate them with drawings that tell a...

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May. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. May 24, 2020. Virus emergency shows need for increased focus on rural broadband Nebraska leaders have long identified the lack of reliable, high-quality Internet access in the state’s rural communities as a major concern. Now the pandemic has made it even more imperative to address the...

Illinois grants to help expand broadband, digital access

May. 25, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new state grant program will provide communities with money and expertise to expand broadband capacity and improve digital access as more people work, shop and go to school online during the coronavirus pandemic. The $150,000 Illinois Connected Communities grant program will...

Four Upper Valley towns to get high-speed internet service

May. 25, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) — Four more towns in the upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont are on tap to get access to greater high-speed internet service. The community-owned telecommunications provider ECFiber has agreed to extend the service to the towns of Windsor, Fairlee, West Fairlee and Corinth at their...

Technology gap causes difficulties for rural Alaska students

May. 20, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Some rural Alaska students participating in distance learning because of the coronavirus are experiencing difficulties caused by technology limitations. Not all students in the Lower Kuskokwim School District have access to the same technology. Some have full internet access and...

South Carolina Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt, left, addresses the initial gathering of accelerateSC, a group tasked with advising Gov. Henry McMaster, center back, with task force leader James Burns and Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, right, on safely scaling the state's economy back up amid the new coronavirus outbreak on Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Questions remain as SC virus committee winds down work

May. 19, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of government, health, tourism, religious and social leaders that Gov. Henry McMaster created to help South Carolina grapple with the coronavirus pandemic is winding down its work. Accelerate SC met Tuesday with members listening to reports from its committees. They spoke...