03.20.18

Capito Highlights Education Opportunities Provided by Improving Connectivity

Senate Broadband Caucus event features demo by South Charleston’s BridgeValley Community & Technical College

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today hosted a Senate Broadband Caucus event to highlight how improved connectivity can help create new education opportunities for students, teachers, and administrators. The event, titled “Connecting Our Students: Closing the Digital Divide and the Future of Education,” included remarks by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, as well as a panel discussion with education and technology leaders from across the country.

“Closing the digital divide is something we are all very passionate about,” said Senator Capito, a co-chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus. “Just because we live in rural settings, doesn’t mean we should settle for less. We should all be striving for the same levels.”

Among the event’s participants were Chief Operations and Information Officer Jason Stark, Director of Media Carl Fuller, and student Ethan Bashark—all from BridgeValley Community and Technical College in South Charleston, West Virginia, who joined the discussion via Skype. During the panel discussion, the three explained the opportunities that technology provides in education, as well as the challenges they and others face as a result of the digital divide.

Today’s event is the latest in a series of Senate Broadband Caucus events highlighting the benefits of improving connectivity. Last fall, the caucus hosted a telehealth expo, which featured innovators from across the country, including the Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC).

Click here or the image below to watch an archived webcast of the event.

03-20-2018 Broadband Caucus Education Event PLAY

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