It's Time To Connect the Rest of America
High-speed broadband is a vital part of our 21st-century infrastructure, but more than 19 million rural Americans don’t have adequate access—and as many as 162.8 million Americans don’t access the internet at broadband speeds. You can help close the digital divide and connect more Americans to educational, employment, and business opportunities to keep our economy growing.
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Brad Smith (r) with Titu Sarder at 2019 Inspire Conference Brad Smith is Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer—and, as it turns out, he is also a powerful storyteller. Though Smith has ...Read More
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“I told Rep. Brown that I notice that candidates for tech support jobs coming out of community college are better prepared if they were exposed to computer science in high school.” – Frank Valdivieso, VFI member after meeting his member of Congress
“Customers want their rights protected by their own country’s laws. Americans want that, citizens everywhere want that. So the fundamental challenge that we’ve been dealing with is concerns by other people that their rights are not being protected by laws when you have these extraterritorial warrants.” – Brad Smith, president, Microsoft
Technology Brings Internet to Underserved Communities Though the United States is a global technology leader, available government data indicates that roughly 25 million Americans lack adequate, affordable access to high-speed internet, including more than 19 million people in rural communities. Microsoft connectivity data (...)
The United States leads the world in technology innovation, but this leadership is jeopardized by insufficient support for computer science education in our nation’s K-12 schools. We cannot maintain an innovation-driven economy and prepare students for future success in the digital economy if (...)
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