FCC to Bring Fiber Broadband to Schools

by Rachel Baker on November 17, 2014

This is great news. It seems like in a country as ‘rich’ (multiple definitions of rich being used), we should be able to figure out how to get the best internet connections in our schools. It also seems like Wi-Fi in all of our schools would benefit our society in ways we may not even really begin to understand yet.

Read more: The FCC is setting aside another $1.5 billion to bring fiber broadband to schools

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to bring broadband to America’s schools, and he’s willing to spend billions to get there. In a call this morning, Chairman Wheeler is announcing a 62 percent increase in the amount the FCC spends on school internet, raising the annual cap on school-related FCC funding from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion. The money will be spent on a combination of outfitting schools with internal Wi-Fi networks and building out the broadband fiber networks to provide connectivity. “While the impact on consumers will be small, the impact on children, teachers, local communities and American competitiveness will be great,” the FCC said in a statement.

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