6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
President Obama’s new initiative,
ConnectED, aims to connect 99 percent of
America’s students to the Internet through
high-speed broadband and high-speed
wireless within five years. President Obama
called on the FCC to modernize and leverage
its existing E-Rate program to meet that
goal. The President also directed the federal
government to make better use of existing
funds to get Internet connectivity and
educational technology into classrooms,
and into the hands of teachers trained on its
advantages. This initiative does not require
“We are living in a digital age, and
to help our students get ahead, we must
make sure they have access to cutting-edge
technology,” said President Obama at a press
conference. “So today, I’m issuing a new
challenge for America—one that families,
businesses, school districts and the federal
government can rally around together—to
connect virtually every student in America’s
classrooms to high-speed broadband Internet
within five years, and equip them with the
tools to make the most of it.”
While many in education applaud President
Obama’s initiative, ISTE CEO Brian Lewis
cautions, “We would be remiss, though, if we did
not call upon the President to go a step further
and urge a substantial increase in E-Rate’s
annual funding cap, where demand exceeds
funding by more than $2.5 billion a year.”
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