Strategic Partnerships

Coalition Wins First Stage of Digital Media Learning Competition

Date: 
January 9, 2012
The HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation recently announced the chosen organizations for Stage One of its Badges for Lifelong Learning competition, and the Coalition was amongst the winners

At our 42nd Anniversary Breakfast, Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, David L. Cohen, had a few inspiring words about new projects and Comcast's partnership with UAC!

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At our 42nd Anniversary Breakfast, Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, David L. Cohen, had a few inspiring words about new projects and Comcast's partnership with UAC!

Can We Tackle Philadelphia's Poverty Problem With Technology?

Date: 
October 4, 2011

Our economy has taken a sustained pounding. Unemployment is out of control and the economic outlook for the next decade looks questionable, at best.

With a quarter of all Philadelphians living in poverty, many fear that we may be entering a new down-graded reality that is structural and permanent. However, we can use technology and training to get us on the right track again.

Author: 
Arun Prabhakaran is the Director of Government and Strategic Partnerships for the Urban Affairs Coalition. The group has taken an active role in fighting digital divide issues in Philadelphia.
Source: 
Technically Philly

Comcast Offers Low-Cost Internet and Computers

Date: 
September 1, 2011

Tens of thousands of Philadelphia-area households could get low-cost computers and Internet service under a new program from Comcast.

When Comcast was seeking FCC approval of its acquisition of NBC Universal, the company committed to a program to help bridge the digital divide. The result is its Internet Essentials programs, which executive vice president David Cohen said is available nationwide to any family in a Comcast service area with a child eligible for free school lunches.

Author: 
Dave Davies
Source: 
WHYY News

Working to Narrow Philadelphia's Digital Divide

Date: 
May 17, 2011

When it was announced to the world that U.S. forces had killed Public Enemy No. 1, Osama bin Laden, I got the news as a text message on my BlackBerry from a friend who'd received an alert from his online news service.

By the time President Obama officially addressed the nation, the news was old - 60 minutes had elapsed since the bulletin first hit my hip.

In the 24/7 news cycle around which our world revolves, being connected to the right information at the right time has become a matter of vital importance.

Author: 
David W. Brown
Source: 
Philadelphia Inquirer

First of Dozens of City Computer Centers Open in Center City

Date: 
May 4, 2011

Freedom Rings Partnership

Last week, Mayor Nutter and Congressman Bob Brady opened the first of a series of new public computer centers aimed at reaching the estimated 41 percent of city residents who do not have access to the Internet.

Source: 
Technically Philly

IBM Smarter Cities Challenge to Support Freedom Rings Initiative

Date: 
March 10, 2011

 
Source: 
Technically Philly

Fight to Begin Opening 27 Public Computing Centers with April 26th Ribbon Cutting Event

Date: 
April 26, 2011

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia FIGHT will officially open the first of 27 public computing centers it will manage on Tuesday, April 26th with a ribbon cutting reception from 3-5 PM. Mayor Michael Nutter, Congressman Bob Brady, and numerous members of

the AIDS Service community are expected to join the celebration at FIGHT’s offices: 1233 Locust Street, 3rd Floor. The computing centers were made possible through $18.2 million in grant funding from the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (B-TOP).