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Travel With Us The Ace of Good is bringing philanthropic travel to a new level. In partnership with Go Philanthropic, we have created an externship program where college and graduate school students can get real life work experience while traveling the world to make deliveries to children in need.   Passionate about shooting a documentary? How about learning the ins-and-outs of leveraging social media for brand awareness or working with international NGOs to learn about local government? Ace of Good offers a four-week intensive externship where you will not only learn about sustainable business practice and the one-for-one model, but also gain a first-hand look at our mission, participating in international backpack deliveries to our partner schools. Our business externship is ideal for students interested in business development, public relations, journalism or marketing. Our creative externship will focus on documentary film production, photography, or new media. We’ll work
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Non-Profit Supporters of N.J.-Verizon Broadband Settlement Have a Relationship With Verizon | Stop the Cap!

Non-Profit Supporters of N.J.-Verizon Broadband Settlement Have a Relationship With Verizon | Stop the Cap! | Non Profit | Scoop.it

Verizon has been upset with the tone and accuracy of many New Jersey residents who have written the state’s Board of Public Utilities urging them to reject a settlement offer than would allow Verizon to walk away from its commitment to deliver high-speed broadband to 100% of the state.

 

While calling many of its opponents misinformed about the company’s original commitments, a Verizon spokesperson targeted a particularly nasty response to one of its strongest critics — Teletruth’s Bruce Kushnick, who has accused Verizon of breaking its promises in New Jersey and substituting outdated DSL and expensive, usage-capped 4G wireless broadband as a broadband equivalent.

 

Kushnick has argued that Verizon has cooked the books, diverting funds that should have been spent on FiOS expansion into its more profitable wireless subsidiary Verizon Wireless instead. He wants New Jersey to conduct a thorough investigation of Verizon’s financial reporting and learn why the company has reneged on a broadband commitment that originally promised a minimum of 45/45Mbps high-speed broadband for 100% of the state by 2010 in return for rate deregulation and tax breaks. Verizon got the deregulation and tax breaks but much of the state is still waiting for the faster broadband it was promised.

 

Now Verizon wants the state to approve a settlement that will redefine its commitment from 45/45Mbps to 4Mbps DSL or wireless 4G broadband.

 

Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski said criticisms about the company’s performance in New Jersey are “way off base.” He said there never was any commitment to deploy FiOS across all of New Jersey because FiOS did not exist at the time of the original agreement.

 

“Nobody knew what FiOS was 20 years ago,” Gierczynski said. “It wasn’t until 2004 when FiOS came on the scene.”

 

What about the 45/45Mbps speed commitment?

 

“[The agreement] didn’t say a minimum of 45Mbps,” Gierczynski said, “it just says ‘up to’.”

 

Gierczynski particularly bristled over Kushnick’s ongoing criticisms of Verizon.

 

“For nearly two decades, he has made the same, tired baseless allegations over and over again about Verizon and its predecessor companies — not only in New Jersey but in other states as well,” Gierczynski told The Record in an email. ”His specious arguments are devoid of fact, relying on misinformation and myths to prop up his claims. This filing is no different.”


With more than 1,000 comments on file with the BPU, Verizon invited the regulator to dismiss critics that demanded Verizon live up to its original commitments:


“The vast majority of comments opposing the Stipulation that have been posted by the Board to date were submitted via a standard form letter generated by the New Jersey State AFLCIO with the subject line “Tell Verizon to Live Up to the Opportunity New Jersey Agreement.”

 

“Other comments opposing the Stipulation offer inaccurate claims about what was contemplated by Opportunity New Jersey or what is in the Stipulation.”

 

“AFL-CIO Letters:  These letters opposing the Stipulation appear less convincing when the locations of senders are examined— More than 25 are from people located outside of New Jersey and some appear to be from municipalities not in Verizon’s service territory. “

 

Verizon did not bother to mention the circulation of a pro-Verizon form letter that was submitted by hundreds of people, many Verizon employees and retirees, as reported last week by Stop the Cap!

 

Two of those letters were signed by Paul A. Sullivan, Verizon’s regional president of consumer and mass business markets in New Jersey and Tracy Reed, a Verizon manager. Neither identified themselves as Verizon management.

 

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Will non-profit foundations step up to save the internet? | TheGuardian.com

Will non-profit foundations step up to save the internet? | TheGuardian.com | Non Profit | Scoop.it

The best foundations and philanthropies exist to address market failure, working to solve problems that business and government ignore or make worse. Andrew Carnegie funded public libraries in America. Bill and Melinda Gates are working to save lives in the developing world. The Ford Foundation puts social justice at the core of its programs.

 

Now it's time for our major foundations and philanthropists to address an impending new failure. They can help save the kinds of open, decentralized systems that gave us personal computing and the internet.

 

Like a python that suffocates its prey, the forces of centralization – corporate and governmental – are inexorably strangling democratized technology and communications. They have power, and they have money, and they're not even slightly interested in allowing tomorrow's technology and communications to be controlled by the users, because that would threaten their power and profits. They don't do this because they necessarily have evil goals. Rather, like the python, it is in their nature.

 

I'm hardly the first to notice any of this. Far-seeing people have been warning for years about the way users of technology and communications have been herded – often willingly – into various kinds of walled gardens and centralized services. Companies like Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft have built dominant positions in key areas of the overall ecosystem by offering genuine value. Governments create or permit oligopolies, even monopolies, in telecommunications service; and politicians fan public fears of violence and terrorism so they can spy on, if not lock down, our communications.

 

The result: the devices we buy are increasingly controlled by the sellers, not us. What we say and do is increasingly recorded. Innovation moves from the edge of networks to the center, because we need permission from the ones in control.

 

It's not a lost cause, not yet. A number of efforts, some longstanding and others fledgling, are under way in the US and around the world to alert people to what's at stake. Activist groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, among a number of others, work hard to get the public's attention.

 

The EFF and others are also trying to do something about the situation, beyond talking, by working on technological measures to boost security and – this is key – keep user control at the edges, by effectively re-decentralizing. These efforts range from the decades-old free software movement (often called "open source") to the more recent "Indie Web" and Open Technology Institute projects. In an upcoming column I'll talk in more detail about some of the newer technological initiatives.

 

However useful they are, they may well be over-matched on this most tilted of playing fields. Which is where foundations enter the picture. Here's my plea to them:

 

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Guide to Buying Kids School Backpacks.

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Kids school backpacks A chiropractors guide to buying kids school backpacks. Are you buying your kids school backpacks for back to school? There are some critical things to consider that can protect the spinal health ...
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Story of Ace of Good

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Our Story It all started one day on the outskirts of Phnom Penh at the foot of a massive garbage dump.   The scorching Cambodian sun backlit the
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Buy backpacks online: places to buy school backpack for kid, girls

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Where to buy a backpack? Right places to buy backpacks for kids and girls. Which for every backpack you buy, delivers another school backpacks for need one.
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Buy America Collection backpacks

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AMERICA BACKPACK $59.00 BUY NOW AMERICA MESSENGER $59.00 BUY NOW THE AMERICA COLLECTION The America Collection was born out of the Ace of Good mission to serve the children of our Military Families in the USA who are living below the poverty line and cannot afford school supplies for their children. The sequester and the recent government shut down has further adversely affected our Military Families. At Ace of Good we knew that our upcoming deliveries to Military Bases in the US would require a special collection: a backpack and messenger bag made in the USA. A bag that not only provides Great American Style, but also provided American jobs, and is sustainably produced, helping to realize positive social, economic and environmental change. So when you purchase an America Bag you are supporting those brave men and women who are deployed around the world putting their lives on the line every day so we can be free. You are supporting those first responders who run towards danger at
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Places to donate money online for education to USA

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Donate money to charity for education: Ace of Good delivers backpacks filled with school supplies to a Girl and kids in need.
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If you want to donate money for kids and girls education, ace of good is right place for donate money for education, we delivers school backpacks filled with school supply for remote kids and children who need this.

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