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Google Fiber announces its Charlotte Digital Inclusion Fellows

Installers for Google Fiber confer while working, March 19, 2013, in the Piper area of northwest Kansas City, Kansas, near Donahoo and Hutton Roads. (Keith Myers/Kansas City Star/MCT)
Installers for Google Fiber confer while working, March 19, 2013, in the Piper area of northwest Kansas City, Kansas, near Donahoo and Hutton Roads. (Keith Myers/Kansas City Star/MCT) MCT

Google Fiber and the Nonprofit Technology Network have picked two Digital Inclusion Fellows for Charlotte, as the company best known for its search engine builds a new high-speed Internet service here.

Jessica Washington will collaborate with the Urban League of Central Carolinas, and Ruben Campillo will work with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library to help people who have limited digital access.

In May, Google and the Nonprofit Technology Network launched a fellowship program in Charlotte and seven other metro areas, pairing 16 people with local community organizations.

“I am excited to be working with the Urban League of Central Carolinas to further digital inclusion efforts in Charlotte,” Washington, 28, said.

The fellows will develop digital inclusion programs, which include teaching clients how to take their GEDs online, helping job-seekers learn online tools and showing parents how to access their children’s grades online.

Previously, Washington was an English as a Second Language teacher at Salisbury High School. Campillo, a native of Mexico, has worked with students, business leaders and grassroots organizations in statewide and national campaigns.

Google announced last month that it has started construction on a high-speed Internet and TV network that will compete with Time Warner Cable and AT&T in Charlotte. It selected the city as one of its new locations in January.

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