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New federal programs offer Virginia households a subsidy for affordable high-speed internet

Federal and state officials are rolling out a fleet of new programs in an expansive effort to bring faster and less expensive internet to all Virginians, especially those who have had trouble connecting in the past. The Biden administration announced last week an agreement with internet providers that will effectively offer free internet access to […] The post New federal programs offer Virginia households a subsidy for affordable high-speed internet   appeared first on Virginia Mercury.
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Digital Divide: The Technology Gap Is Growing So How Do We Close It?

The digital divide refers to the gap between people who have access to modern technology and those who do not. The gap only grows as some parts of the world increase their access to tech, while others stay in place. Low-income areas all across the U.S. experience reduced access to digital technology for the simple reason that many people cannot afford private wifi access. Rural areas are notoriously disadvantaged in the notoriously disadvantaged, in which access to wifi is very expensive and difficult to install and install.
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Oregon forecast: Record $3 billion kicker in 2024

But state economists warn downturn could result in greatly reduced tax collections in the near future.Taxes kept rolling into Oregon's coffers at record amounts this year, but state economists say much of that money is likely to go back to taxpayers in 2024 in record credits against their state tax bills. While they also are not forecasting an economic downturn soon, the economists say that if it happens in 2023 or 2024, Oregon's tax collections could drop by as much as 20% — and the state's discretionary budget still relies largely on personal and corporate income taxes. Still, shortly after...

Buttigieg sends $5B to cities for safety as road deaths soar

WASHINGTON (AP) — With upcoming data showing traffic deaths soaring, the Biden administration is steering $5 billion in federal aid to cities and localities to address the growing crisis by slowing down cars, carving out bike paths and wider sidewalks and nudging commuters to public transit. Transportation Secretary Pete...

U.S. airlines facing a pilot shortage as efforts to ramp up flights increase for summer

Every major airline carrier nationwide are continuing to face a pilot shortage that’s hampering efforts to ramp up flights, forcing them to step up training programs, recruit foreign pilots and even replace planes with buses. According to new data released Monday, from the National Aviation Administration, the industry needs to hire an average close to 15,000 new pilots each year until 2030. However, carriers say there’s no way they can get enough pilots trained fast enough to meet that level. That means the pilot shortage is unlikely to end anytime soon. which many say started at the onset of the pandemic.

Vanishing Native Birds To Benefit From Historic Federal Aid Package

In the last half-century, disease-carrying mosquitoes helped wipe out several Hawaiian forest bird species and, in the next few years, more species are poised for extinction without scientific intervention. Extinction prevention is unlikely to succeed, however, without the development of new tools to fight avian disease, such as a method...

Race to save Hawaiian honeycreepers bolstered by $14M in federal aid

Significant federal dollars are headed to Hawai‘i to help address the extinction crisis facing at least four species of native Hawaiian birds, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources announced. “An unprecedented $14 million for Hawai‘i ecosystem restoration is included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, described as a...

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Listen now and subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS Feed | Omny Studio. The suspect in the Laguna Woods church shooting Sunday appeared to be motivated by political hatred directed at the Taiwanese community, Orange County sheriff’s officials said Monday. While investigators provided few details,...