Microsoft teams up with Bill Clinton to fight 'digital exclusion'

Microsoft and former US president Bill Clinton are teaming up to help fight what Microsoft describes as “digital exclusion”. To help combat this phenomenon, Microsoft is committing to a three year philanthropic effort to get one million low income US students access to broadband Internet.

If you think about how much of your life and profession revolve around the Internet, you begin to understand that those without broadband access are being put at a digital disadvantage. Microsoft and Clinton are looking to help resolve this issue to give students that are affected an equal chance at future success.

The announcement at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, the philanthropic organization run by former President Bill Clinton, emphasizes Microsoft’s commitment to the community, according to AllThingsD.

The announcement came at the annual meeting for Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative philanthropic organization. The FCC estimates that there are as many as 100 million individuals without broadband access; many of those are due to geographical restrictions. Contained within those 100 million individuals, 9.5 million are estimated to be school age children who fall into the “digital exclusion”.

Microsoft has always been generous in giving back and this latest example shows their continued effort to support the local community. This new initiative will help bring underprivileged school age children into the digital age, a crucial step towards future success.

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