Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Major Internet companies spend $750 million to help middle schools have broadband

Today President Obama visited a middle school, Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, MD, to announce a government-private partnership to provide $750 million for high-speed broadband Internet to middle schools across the country.  The companies are Apple, Verizon, Sprint and Microsoft.  The Washington Post story Tuesday by Ovetta Wiggins and David Nakamura is here.

At this particular school, every student has a tablet computer.

Broadband interest in school and in lower income homes is very critical to students being able to keep up academically now.

Maybe the cooperation of companies will spill over and reduce the effect of the loosening of net neutrality rules. Call this part of the "Solution Economy" (Books, Feb. 3).  

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