Obama wants high-speed Internet in schools by 2018
President Obama wants to bring high-speed Internet to almost all U.S. schools by 2018.
June 6th, 2013
12:17 PM ET

Obama wants high-speed Internet in schools by 2018

By Doug Gross, CNN

(CNN) - Saying Web access is essential for students to compete in a wired world, President Obama on Thursday will announce an initiative to bring high-speed Internet to almost all of the nation's schools by 2018.

At a speech in a high-tech middle school in Mooresville, North Carolina, Obama was scheduled to order federal agencies to earmark funds for providing broadband and wireless access to 99% of U.S. public schools in the next five years, according to senior administration officials. The president is tasking the Federal Communication Commission with spearheading the project, and is also asking the FCC to fund high-speed connections at libraries.

"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 Obama in a statement released by the White House.

"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."

The initiative, called ConnectED, also will ask private-sector industries for help in getting the most modern technology, educational software and apps into students' hands, and in providing tech training for teachers.

The effort does not require approval by Congress.

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  1. Minnie Mouse

    Who is going to be paying for the technology, the constant upgrades and constant repairs? Our schools do not need technology for maximum learning abilities. Pencil, paper, books and communication skills are the best because then you can rely on yourself and learn from your mistakes and not have a computer fix your mistakes when you are supposed to be learning. This is an issue that should be left up to the parents, if they feel his or her child needs to have high speed inter-net and not the public school system. No one is going to want taxes raised for high speed inter-net which is not a necessity to pass elementary, middle school, or high school. It's an excellent concept but unecessary costs to everyone!

    June 7, 2013 at 2:18 pm |