Reaching the Rest: Facebook and Internet.org Plan to Connect the Unconnected World

By Matthew Lang Sottile, May 12, 2015.

Reaching the Rest: Facebook and Internet.org Plan to Connect the Unconnected World

Is connectivity a human right?

That question, posed by Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, was the title of the 10-page letter that coincided with the announcement of Internet.org in August of 2013. Positioned as a “Facebook-led initiative,” the project partnered smartphone industry leaders like Samsung, Nokia, and Qualcomm with the social media giant in an attempt to bring internet access to the places of the world that don’t yet have it.

MxCC Changes Position, Will Not Close Meriden Branch

By Matthew Lang Sottile, May 01, 2015.

MxCC Changes Position, Will Not Close Meriden Branch

Plans to close the Meriden branch of Middlesex Community College have been removed as an option to account for a shriveling budget.

Early this month, MxCC administrators announced plans to close its Meriden Center and the Meriden Manufacturing Lab at the end of the Spring 2015 semester. These plans came in direct response to a proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 by Gov. Dannel Malloy, released in mid February. If approved, that budget would require that the entire Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system — including the 12 community colleges, four state universities and one state college — reduce its financial allotment by more than $20 million for next year.

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