THE INFORMATION AGE
July 2021 #Bitcoin now has the same amount of users as the Internet did in 1997, and growing at a much faster pace.
FCC and TELCO RACKETEERS
The FCC and TELCO ERATE FRAUD CAUSED THE NEVER ENDING DIGITAL DIVIDE FOR the DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
K12 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
has the duty to enrich the commonwealth by educating the public that insures and sustains the welfare of the citizens of the United States of America.
K12 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION INTERNET HISTORY
BEFORE THE WORLD WIDE WEB
The story starts in the late 1980’s
Gleason Sackmann First to wire North Dakota’s K-16 schools to the internet.
Newsweek, Dec 25, 1995 / Jan. 1, 1996 Gleason Sackmann rated #10 on Newsweek’s prestigious List of “50 People Who Matter Most on the Internet.”
“NetHappenings Newsletter”, was formally moderated by Gleason Sackmann who retired in 2004 then gave it to Karen Ellis who runs the newsletter currently.
1993 Almost 90 percent of K-12 classrooms lack even basic access to telephone service Princeton Survey Research Associates
1994 The Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc. started following this story . . . .
“Financial Literacy” demanded that K12 SCHOOLS get the best price for the ERATE and control all the scams that have been overcharging the taxpayer for the K12 broadband and wifi connections since 1996!!! Due to ability of the FCC and telco’s to keep that information secret.
November 30, 1995 FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Washington, D.C. 20554
Adopted: Overview of the Social Contract
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) administers the E-Rate program to provide discounts to schools and libraries for purchases of telecommunications equipment and services.
The program relies on school and district-level urban and rural assignments to determine the discount level. Urban assignments are based on territory that includes all Census-defined Urbanized Areas and all Urban Clusters with a population of 25,000 or more. Rural assignments are based on territory that includes all Census-defined rural territory, as well as Urban Clusters with a population less than 25,000. Although the U.S. Department of Education does not operate the E-Rate program, it serves many of the same schools and school districts that participate in E-Rate. Additional information about the E-Rate program is available at www.usac.org/sl.
1997 America’s Schools Act
Provided $5 billion over the next 4 years to help upgrade old schools & build new schools. It was to spur $20 billion in investments for school modernization by states, localities, and the private sector.
1998 Wireless Web
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION PROJECT
#STEM #Tech #TechEd #Security #Engineering #Math #HamRadio
[ . . .what the e-rate can and cannot go for …
you would know that schools may NOT use E-rate money to buy FCC Part 15 radios, which, when connected BETWEEN school buildings across a city, can link ALL classrooms to the main school building at T-1 speeds and higher at ZERO monthly cost.
Instead of the gouging they now get from the telcos charging for the T-1s, AND all through the summer months when school is out.
THE NEVER ENDED DIGITAL DIVIDE
The Digital Divide impacts how household income, educational attainment, race and ethnicity, age and community type affects internet usage among Americans. Americans without easy access or social media skills are at a disadvantage.
In 2014, the FCC was forced to make all E-rate application DATA OPEN FOR THE FIRST TIME , starting with Funding Year 2015, they were forced to provide the public with access to itemized data on what services schools are buying and how much they are paying for broadband services.
In 2020 Covid appeared and showed us all that inner city school children still didn’t have a computer or a way to connect to the internet. (Think Philadelphia and Comcast for example)