Weekly Wrap-Up, November 21, 2014

On Wednesday, November 19, the White House hosted “ConnectED to the Future,” a convening at which superintendents across the country were invited to meet and sign the Future Ready pledge. President Obama discussed new partnerships in the ConnectED initiative, the FCC’s move to increase E-rate funding, and the importance of moving classrooms into the digital age. You can learn more about EveryoneOn"s efforts with ConnectED here.

In order to finance the increase in E-rate spending from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion, Jon Brodkin reports, the FCC nbso suggests a 16-cent increase on monthly bills for phone customers.

Andrea Peterson explores the question of why the South is so far behind when it comes to home access (Mississippi has an alarming 57.4 percent adoption rate). Her answer? Cost and competition.

A new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine suggests that as health tech moves forward, elderly individuals are being left behind.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio moves forward with plans to convert the city’s pay phones into Wi-Fi hot spots.

Judy Willis offers advice on how to vet and understand edtech products.

Google Fiber will soon be rolling out in Austin, TX. The company has now announced plans to provide Internet to public housing developments.

Finally, for a nice throwback, the Nation reflects on the first article it ever published about the Internet.