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Tom Wheeler: Broadband Internet Needed for Education Tools, FCC to Invest $2B

FCCSealThe Federal Communications Commission is set to invest $2 billion over the next two years in the broadband network connections of U.S. schools, National Journal reported Monday.

“In the Internet age, every student in America should have access to state-of-the-art educational tools, which are increasingly interactive, individualized and bandwidth-intensive,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, according to the report.

Laura Ryan writes the investment is part of the agency’s E-Rate program and a response to the White House’s five-year plan to provide high-speed Internet to 99 percent of U.S. schools and libraries.

Wheeler noteed the funds will come from changes in E-Rate’s appropriation of money, part of the reforms to the E-Rate program from 1996, the report said.

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