Friday, June 07, 2013

President Obama has announced a plan to have high-speed Internet available in 99% of schools by 2018

This should come as no surprise, despite a rocky week for the administration on its surveillance policies.

President Obama has announced a plan (or, rahter, asked for an initiative) to have high-speed Internet available in 99% of schools by 2018, although it might have to be funded by slightly higher telecommunications taxes (which are already overloaded). 
  
CBS News has a typical story. 


Doug Gross of CNN has another typical story here
  

When I subbed in northern Virginia schools in 2004-2007, I found that all school libraries had good Internet service (including Google Earth) and most classrooms did.  In an Honors Chemistry class, we used to look up terms (like “electronegativity”) for exercises on Google and display the results on an opaque projector, but students didn’t have individual laptops.  

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