President Obama lauds FCC partnership with Apple, other tech firms in ConnectED education program [u

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama mentioned Apple as one of the companies participating in the ConnectED initiative to connect 99 percent of students to advanced high-speed internet.

Update: In a statement to The Loop, Apple confirmed that its role in the ConnectED initiative spans across multiple divisions.

"We are proud to join President Obama in this historic initiative to transform America's schools," Apple said. "Apple has a long history in education, and we have pledged to contribute MacBooks, iPads, software and our expertise to support the ConnectED project. We look forward to announcing more details with the White House soon."

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President Obama speaks about high-tech education at the State of the Union address. | Source: YouTube


Speaking on the state of education in America, or more specifically the ConnectED high-tech initiative, President Obama gave a tip of the cap to Apple, Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon for their role in connecting U.S. students to the Internet.

"Last year I also pledged to connect 99 percent of our students to high-speed broadband over the next four years," President Obama said. "Tonight I can announce that with the support of the FCC and companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon, we've got a down payment to start connecting more than 15,000 schools and 20 million students over the next two years without adding a dime to the deficit."

According to the President, the Federal Communications Commission is working with the tech giants in a move is being framed as a "down payment" ahead of Congressional oversight of the E-Rate plan.

In an accompanying State of the Union fact sheet (PDF link) provided by the White House, it was announced that President Obama will further detail philanthropic partnerships with tech companies including Apple in the coming weeks.
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  • Reply 1 of 35

    Bleh.

  • Reply 2 of 35
    Of course Apple would be involved. Any chances to get kids hooked on Apple products are potential future revenues for Apple.
  • Reply 3 of 35

    Please just move to PoliticalOutsider.

     

    Please just initially post such articles in PoliticalOutsider. :p 

  • Reply 4 of 35
    Wonderful news
  • Reply 5 of 35
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    Cool, Obama!

    Now can we have the entire Department of Just-us fired?
  • Reply 6 of 35
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,878member
    No mention of the Amazon-DOJ partnership?
  • Reply 7 of 35
    foadfoad Posts: 707member
    Bleh.


    Why? I ask that in earnest.

    For what I have seen so far is that the tech companies are doing it as a philanthropic effort.
  • Reply 8 of 35
    Tim Cook for President!
  • Reply 9 of 35
    chris_cachris_ca Posts: 2,543member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MikhailT View Post

    Of course Apple would be involved.

    Why "of course" Apple would be involved?
    You think Apple wrote/approved this speech?
    [quote] Any chances to get kids hooked on Apple products are potential future revenues for Apple.[/quote]
    What's your point?
    Same could be said of any product.
  • Reply 10 of 35
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member

    This will probably be as successful a program as all of the other recent successes and remarkable triumphs made by this highly competent government. 

  • Reply 11 of 35
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by djkikrome View Post



    Tim Cook for President!

    Hillary Clinton or Chris Christie up next?

  • Reply 12 of 35
    marvfoxmarvfox Posts: 2,275member

    Tim Cook is a joke! Hillary in 2016 all the way!

  • Reply 13 of 35
    irelandireland Posts: 17,760member
    The Obama I know is a quaint memory.
  • Reply 14 of 35
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MikhailT View Post



    Of course Apple would be involved. Any chances to get kids hooked on Apple products are potential future revenues for Apple.

    LOL ...

  • Reply 15 of 35
    marvfox wrote: »
    Tim Cook is a joke! Hillary in 2016 all the way!

    You must be kidding man, we dont need another Democrat in the office...
  • Reply 16 of 35
    smaffeismaffei Posts: 237member

    While at the same time taking a swipe at Apple when Obama mention penalizing companies for holding profits overseas and putting an end to most patent lawsuits.

  • Reply 17 of 35
    Ah, the cynicism here is palpable.

    Chalk me up as someone who's actually impressed. Classroom connectedness is a MASSIVE issue, and the quicker we get in front of it, the better.
  • Reply 18 of 35
    tbelltbell Posts: 3,146member
    Y
    pizdec wrote: »
    You must be kidding man, we dont need another Democrat in the office...

    Yes because the last Republican in the Office did so much better.
  • Reply 19 of 35
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TBell View Post



    Y

    Yes because the last Republican in the Office did so much better.



    Ideally it'd be somebody who doesn't want to be president. Though Congress is a tire fire so it doesn't particularly matter who is president

  • Reply 20 of 35
    Originally Posted by johnnyb0731 View Post

    Ideally it'd be somebody who doesn't want to be president.

     

    Yeah, just what we need: someone who doesn’t care about doing the job, rather than someone we just don’t want to do the job. :no:

     

    We need a president with high-level business experience. Preferably a COO or CFO. “Lawyer” and “politician” should be careers that make becoming president illegal. 

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