Microsoft encourages small business adoption of broadband

Microsoft is sticking its fingers into the broadband small business space by donating financial resources and access to a broad array of its products to a nonprofit organization known as SCORE, the Counselors to America's Small Businesses. The group includes tech industry heavyweights, the FCC and the Small Business Administration and recently formed a broadband consortium in response to the National Broadband Plan. It goal is to drive education and resources to help small businesses understand and take advantage of broadband connectivity.

Microsoft joined the group because "small business is a vital part of the U.S. economy and good, rich access to the Internet is critical," said Dave Waldrop, director of small business marketing at Microsoft. "Pretty much every small business needs rich access to Internet connectivity."

Other SCORE consortium members include AT&T, Best Buy, Cisco, Constant Contact, Google, HP, Intuit, and Time Warner Business Class. Obviously missing are some of the other cable heavyweights like Comcast, Cox and Cablevision, all of whom are actively targeting the small business sector.

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