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December 24, 2016
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Does anyone know if there are any organizations that actively try to help those who are unable to access the Internet / at a reasonable speed? I know some have argued that it is not fair to hold educational expectations to those students who do not have access at home; they cannot do research for papers without getting a ride to the library or staying after school, etc. But are there any known organizations that are dedicated to this issue or partially dedicated?

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December 28, 2016
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ladybug8 said
Does anyone know if there are any organizations that actively try to help those who are unable to access the Internet / at a reasonable speed? I know some have argued that it is not fair to hold educational expectations to those students who do not have access at home; they cannot do research for papers without getting a ride to the library or staying after school, etc. But are there any known organizations that are dedicated to this issue or partially dedicated?  

Here in the United States, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has a program called Lifeline that helps people with low incomes pay for their smart phones and for their internet access at home.

I don’t know how many people take advantage of it, though!

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As far as I know, in Europe public institutions get involved only if the terms of loyal concurrence aren`t respected, penalizing operators in this situation

Something similar to FCC is done by each provider on their particular projects, they have affordable packages for retired people or for students

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I was curious about this this morning…

I wanted to see if any improvements had been made to getting people access to computers in rural areas of India, and came across this article.

http://discover.isif.asia/2015…..ral-india/

It discusses tablets vs computers, and why rural India needs easy internet access – since there are few teachers and many children have to educate themselves if they want an education at all.

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February 20, 2017
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Maybe in that part of the world, this type of project would be successfully implemented, in my country it was a fiasco starting with the gadgets, unreliable tablets and ending with teachers, who didn`t seem interested in the idea, probably because they were focused on expecting the retirement

Globally, the idea is good, it depends on the roots it can create

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Costin said
Maybe in that part of the world, this type of project would be successfully implemented, in my country it was a fiasco starting with the gadgets, unreliable tablets and ending with teachers, who didn`t seem interested in the idea, probably because they were focused on expecting the retirement

Globally, the idea is good, it depends on the roots it can create  

Sorry to hear the teachers in your country wouldn’t “buy in” to the project.

We (the world) need teachers who will engage with students. But teachers are generally looked down upon…not paid enough, etc…

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