President Obama yesterday called for the build-out of high-speed digital connections, “ensuring that 99 percent of American students can benefit” from advances in teaching and learning in the digital age. Via his new ConnectED initiative, the President asked the Federal Communication Commission to update the E-rate funding program to bring next generation broadband to our Nation’s school and library buildings — and to provide high-speed wireless connections for the students and patrons in those buildings.
We support the President’s vision.
Students are our nation’s most vital resource. High-speed Internet access and new digital resources offer America’s students and teachers an unparalleled opportunity. Our country cannot afford to fall behind in today’s new global digital economy. We owe it to our students, to our families, to our communities, and, yes, to our nation, to provide these high speed connections. As President Obama so eloquently stated, “In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, shouldn’t we have it in our schools?”
As a longtime advocate for the effective use of technology in education, Funds For Learning is a vocal proponent for precisely the type of reform that the President has outlined. We applaud the President for his vision and leadership on behalf of America’s students, and we are ready to work with the Obama administration and the staff of the FCC to bring about the changes necessary to the E-rate program that will enable President Obama’s vision.
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