Free WiFi Access Offered by Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB) To Students

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Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB) announced its pilot program to provide free Wi-Fi access to students in partnership with the Town of Forest City, Rutherford County Schools and PANGAEA Internet. The social network giant Facebook said that a small number of students residing in the neighborhood surrounding the Rutherford Opportunity Center (ROC) will be given free Wi-Fi access as part of the pilot program.

Facebook is reportedly aiming to build its free Wi-Fi access program on top of the Rutherford County Schools’ 1:1 initiative, which provides a personal laptop to every middle and high school student.

Students who want to test the free Wi-Fi access pilot program of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB) in the area should join the “Connect” network, and they are encouraged to send any feedback to PANGAEA at [email protected]

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In a blog post, Keven McCammon, site data center manager of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) said, “We’re hoping this program will build on the school system’s 1:1 initiative, which provides a personal laptop to every middle and high school student in the district.” According to McCammon, more than 6,000 students received a laptop under the 1:1 initiative, but the school administration officials discovered that almost 50% of those students do not have internet access at home.

“Working together, we want to close that gap – we want all of our students to be able to take full advantage of the 1:1 program and use the Internet both at school and home,” said McCammon. In a statement, Dr. Janet Mason, superintendent of Rutherford County Schools said, “One of the pillars of the 1:1 initiative is to ensure equal access to digital information for all students. When you can utilize technology to enhance educational opportunities for our county’s young people, everybody wins.”

“We are thrilled to have partners like Facebook, PANGAEA Internet, and the Town of Forest City who share this vision and are enabling us to take another step toward delivering on our promise,” added Dr. Mason.

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Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) launched its free Wi-Fi access for students program after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a major initiative to expand the Wi-Fi networks in schools and libraries by providing additional $2 billion for its e-Rate program over the next two years.

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