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Apple, Microsoft team with White House to close tech gap in schools

Kenneth Corbin | Feb. 5, 2014
Tech and telecom firms have pledged more than $750 million in support of Obama's ConnectEd initiative to bring broadband technology and computing tools to classrooms.

In addition to the private-sector contributions, which the administration bills as a "down payment" on the ConnectEd initiative, the Federal Communications Commission is channeling $2 billion to build out broadband service in some 15,000 schools over the next two years. The FCC projects that the doubling of its broadband funding for schools and libraries through its E-Rate program will deliver high-speed connectivity to 20 million students.

The commission noted that the funding will come from reprioritizing current E-Rate investments, eliminating waste or shifting money from older technologies to support high-speed broadband upgrades.

Additionally, a rural technology program administered by the Department of Agriculture is pledging $10 million in grants to support distance learning.

 

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