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When COVID-19 struck and schools sent children home, teaching and learning began occurring over broadband connections. What about students without broadband at home? Some rural telecom providers – including South Dakota’s Golden West Telecommunications and Golden Belt Telephone (GBT) of Kansas — have stepped up to add free Wi-Fi hotspots and even to bring broadband to homes with school-age children at no charge.

Apple and Google are in the planning stages of releasing a contact tracing app, which would allow people to anonymously track who has tested positive for COVID-19 and whether they’ve come in contact with one another. The public, however, is split on if they’ll even use the app when it's released.

As the governments lift stay-at-home emergency orders, organizations are grappling with what it means to reopen offices. What will change? Will telework be the new normal? Let's explore.

Candidates in the first virtual local election debates in Milford, Mass., on Tuesday night took on an unsurprising topic – the coronavirus, doing so online via video chatting rather than in person.

SacRT teamed up with the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and the City of Sacramento to turn buses into free wireless super hotspots in communities with limited high-speed internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indiana State University is using a new tool to enroll first-time freshmen for fall term — a free, online course. Students can take one of two courses, with the first exploring COVID-19 and the second climate change.

Government and private hospitals in the Middle East region and beyond are being warned of an increased risk of ransomware attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The California Homeless Data System team is looking to hire new tech talent; a New York City group rolls out a new Census messaging guide; and the Connecticut Data Collaborative is now hosting online events.

With innovative uses of digital tools, K–12 teachers can create meaningful learning experiences.

The FCC has approved its fourth set of telehealth fund applications, this time 13 more applications for $4.2 million.


Printed from the website on June 03, 2020 at 8:10pm.