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Microsoft to Bring Technology Access to 1 Million Low-Income Youth

Today at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting,Microsoft Corp. launched its three-year program ensuring that 1 million students from low-income families in the United States receive technological benefits from hardware, software and Internet service.

Through Microsoft’s Shape the Future program, the company aims to fill the gap in home access to technology and helps gives students the skills training needed to compete in the global market increasing employment opportunities. Microsoft will work with state, city, nonprofit and private organizations including including the Federal Communications Commission, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and One Economy

“At Microsoft we believe all students should have access to the building blocks of a quality education,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president, Worldwide Education for Microsoft. “Putting technology in the hands of a student who did not have access is a powerful step on the path leading to graduation, employability and a better future.”

“Roughly 100 million Americans remain unconnected to high-speed Internet, and the economic cost of digital exclusion is rising every day,” said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.  “This isn’t a problem for government alone. The private sector, nonprofit groups and government actors must work collaboratively to close this gap, create jobs and ensure America’s global competitiveness. Substantial commitments to bring digital access to millions more Americans are a significant step in the right direction.”

Charlotte, N.C., and Seattle are among the first cities actively supporting Shape the Future by launching digital inclusion initiatives for students. Over a three-year period, all 50 states plusGuam and Puerto Rico will have the opportunity to participate.

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