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Donate a Device! Help Microsoft Philanthropies Respond to COVID-19

For our most recent webinar, Voices for Innovation welcomed Andrea Russo and Aimee Rosato from the Microsoft Philanthropies team to highlight how Microsoft and the company’s Philanthropies arm are helping our nation ...

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Broadband powers our modern lives. COVID-19 has become an accelerant, forcing much of our work/commerce/learning online. Millions of Americans without access to high speed internet, particularly in rural areas, could be left behind. We can't ignore this. https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2020/05/21/broadband-gap-covid-19-airband/

Final question for the panel, we know the TVWS rulemaking is a priority for the @FCC, how do we make sure it remains there?

@MignonClyburn Emphasizing the deliverables. Few dockets check the boxes of affordibility, coverage, and ROI like TVWS does.

@MignonClyburn notes that there may not be a one size fits all solution, but @FCC dockets like TVWS are critical to beginning to understand what communities need.

@mikeofcc notes that television white spaces provide the last mile connection many underserved and rural areas need. We need as many wired and wireless uses of unlicensed spectrum as possible to solve this issue.

Follow along at 10am EST as we join @actonline in live-tweeting today's webinar on COVID-19 and the digital divide.

REMINDER #NY/#NJ @Microsoft @TEALSProgram (Technology Education & Literacy in Schools)& Device Donations.

Info. Session, Tue., 5/19, 5:15 – 6:15 PM ET. LEARN MORE/REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/3dL89CT

@MSPartner @IAMCPNJ @vfiorg @LLTV1 @NurtureMktng http://NurtureMarketing.com

Are you an expert in #ComputerScience and want to give back to the community? Consider volunteering with #TEALS to support high school teachers teaching CS. Join a webinar tomorrow to learn more: https://msft.it/6012T9uu6

#NY/#NJ @Microsoft @TEALSProgram (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) and Device Donations.

Info. Session, Tue., May, 19, 5:15 – 6:15 PM ET. LEARN MORE/REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/3dL89CT

@MSPartner @MSUSPartner @vfiorg @LLTV1 @NurtureMktng http://NurtureMarketing.com

A personal experience inspired Microsoft employee and mom @Melimulhol to discover how #AI could solve challenges for other parents in her shoes.

Read her story: https://msft.it/6001T9nV1

During last week's VFI webinar, we highlighted how @Microsoft Philanthropies is responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about how you can support their efforts by donating your old devices: https://www.voicesforinnovation.org/donate-device-help-microsoft-philanthropies-respond-covid-19/

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed just how big the digital divide really is. This @BrookingsInst report does a great job of showing how public-private partnerships + innovations like TV white spaces can help close the gap. #Airband https://www.brookings.edu/longform/from-rural-digital-divides-to-local-solutions/

ICYMI: VFI is holding a webinar today, highlighting @Microsoft Philanthropies’ response to the COVID-19 crisis. We’ll focus on the transformation that’s happening in education and share information about how you can help. RSVP now! https://bit.ly/2SjAoAb

Last week, we partnered with @TeamRubicon for a webinar on their #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors Initiative. You can watch the recording and get more information on how you can help in @RyanRisley's new VFI blog: https://bit.ly/2VBlZBy

Western Governors expressed support for proposed updates to improve the utility of TV White Spaces technology in response to the @FCC Proposed Rulemaking on “Unlicensed White Space Device Operations in the Television Bands.” Here's why http://ow.ly/Xq8w50zmCjN

We're so pleased by the unprecedented move from the @FCC to expand broadband access by opening the 6 GHz band to next-generation Wi-Fi. This plan will provide Americans greater access to telework, telemedicine, distance learning & other critical broadband services/applications.

NEWS: the @FCC has unanimously approved my plan to boost #WiFi in the 6 GHz band. This initiative, which has been described as "the single biggest opportunity in Wi-Fi—and probably in wireless—in a generation," will benefit consumers in incredible ways! https://twitter.com/EvanS_FCC/status/1253083135417495552

Chief Privacy Officer @JulieSBrill and @peteratmsr share seven principles to preserve #privacy as societies move towards tracking, tracing, and testing to address the COVID-19 pandemic: https://msft.it/6008T5F5E

We're proud to support @TeamRubicon! Check out CEO @JakewoodTR talking about their #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors initiative on @CNNHeroes #Tech4TR

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