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Broadband As A Helping Hand
There are a number of ways that BfA readers can make use of high-speed Internet to make financial donations and other charitable contributions to the Haiti relief efforts. What we're seeing here is that broadband-based technologies are allowing concerned citizens to donate to charitable causes in easier and quicker ways.
The American Red Cross has partnered with the major mobile carriers, allowing anyone in the U.S. to text “HAITI” to 90999 as an easy and convenient way to donate $10 to the recovery efforts. The money is billed to your mobile phone account.
According to the Red Cross' Twitter feed, they've already raised more than $800k this way so far.
Facebook has also launched a "Global Relief" page and is partnering with the Red Cross. Facebook says there have been more than 1,500 status updates per minutes that contain the word "Haiti.
A guest blog from NHL veteran Paul Ranheim and his business partner Brian Lawson; co-founders of the PG Key, an award winning computer safety device recently featured on the TODAY Show. The PG Key is a great new tool helping parents keep kids safe everyday!
By: Paul Ranheim and Brian Lawson
As a 15 year veteran of the NHL, I've always believed that playing good hockey meant being prepared by training smart, having an understanding of the game and its rules and using the right equipment to perform well and keep safe.
Has it occurred to you that these same basic principals are also true when it comes to our children's use of the home PC?
When my kids (8 and 11) started using the computer in our house for school and fun I knew I had to do something. Just taking a computer out of a box and letting my kids use it without any protection seemed like the wrong thing to do.
A little research proved that my instincts were correct. The Internet posses many threats to our kids and those threats are much more than the exposure they get to inappropriate material. Children and teens post information about themselves, download programs that can steal personal information, and engage in conversations with people who may not be who they say they are. And much of the time, they don't realize that they are doing anything wrong!Read more
The White House announced its plans today to award $2 billion in grants and loans over the next 75 days as part of its plan to stimulate job growth and expand high-speed Internet access to all Americans.
"The new broadband access will help underserved and often hard-hit communities overcome the distance and technology barrier by expanding connectivity between educational institutions, enabling remote medical consultations and attracting new businesses as well as the jobs that come with them," the White House said in a statement.
Broadband for America welcomes the announcement, as evidence continues to show that Americans with access to high-speed Internet have better job and educational opportunities.Read more