Last updated: November 29, 2010 - 11:45am
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced new programs aimed at keeping students connected to the Web both inside and outside the classroom.
Speaking at a public forum on education technology at the Computer History Museum, Chairman Genachowski announced:
- A pilot program that will give students wireless access to the Internet after they leave school grounds. The Learning-On-the-Go program will enable digital textbooks, iPads and other wireless devices to connect to the Web outside of school at no cost to the students.
- Schools and libraries participating in the E-Rate program will be allowed to take advantage of unused fiber optic lines in their areas in an effort to boost the connection speeds available to students and members of the public.
- The FCC will consider expanding the "School Spots" program, where schools can choose to provide Internet access to the surrounding community after students go home. The National Broadband Plan includes a goal of connecting a school or library in every community to an affordable, high-speed broadband pipe. The School Spots program would allow local users to take advantage of that high-speed connection when it isn't being used by students.
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