Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Microsoft Launches New Homework Network

The Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corp. and Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced the launch of an innovative Homework Network to deliver broadband internet access at home to thousands of students in Southern Virginia, at no cost to their families. In Charlotte and Halifax counties, about 50 percent of students currently lack broadband access at home. Yet today, nearly seven in 10 teachers across the United States assign homework and research requiring broadband access. 

The “homework gap” is an urgent local and national problem. An estimated 5 million households with school-age children in the U.S. are at a significant disadvantage due to limited or nonexistent broadband connectivity. These students are often unable to access the tools they need to succeed in school and to develop the skills they need to enter today’s workforce. This creates an uneven playing field for future educational and economic prospects.