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Lawmakers look for $2 billion E-Rate boost

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., has introduced a bill that would provide $2 billion to E-Rate to provide internet service to students during the pandemic. The funding is aimed at an estimated 12 million school age children in the U.S. that do not have access to the internet at home. The E-Rate program supplies schools and libraries with funding to purchase Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers and internet-connected devices for students. The proposal from Meng is the latest in a series of initiatives from lawmakers and others attempting to cut down on the digital divide during the coronavirus pandemic as schools have shifted to primarily distance learning. Betsy Foresman has more from the bill.

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Not for coronavirus, Utah Valley U. launches online-degrees website

University leaders say that promoting online education is part of their strategic plan, regardless of the constraints of the current health crisis. Jake Williams has the details.

U. Arizona launches text-message system for coronavirus screening

The new platform, called AZCOVIDTXT, asks users to report the health conditions of household members and directs them to resources as needed. Betsy has more.

Traditional IT is vanishing from higher education

Edtech leaders say they're now part of the inner circle of executive leadership and the business of higher education is "100 percent dependent" on technology. Betsy has the deep dive on the future of IT as we know it.

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