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FCC approves plan to spend US$1 billion a year on school Wi-Fi

Grant Gross | July 14, 2014
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to spend US$2 billion over the next two years on improving Wi-Fi networks at schools and libraries, despite questions from Republican commissioners about the source of those funds.

Several groups praised the FCC's E-Rate plan. Wheeler's plan uses E-Rate funding "in a balanced and integrated way to deliver true high speed Internet service to schools and libraries," David Cohen, Comcast's executive vice president, wrote in a blog post.

"The ultimate goal that everyone shares is to improve educational achievement," Cohen wrote. "And connected classrooms and libraries — and just as importantly, homes — are essential for student success in the 21st century."


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