President Obama To Announce Classroom Broadband Plan In North Carolina Visit

Source: Philip Rucker / The Washington Post

With his legislative agenda largely stymied by a bitterly divided Congress, President Obama is taking what his aides are touting as a major executive action on Thursday to expand Internet connectivity in the nation’s schools.

Under the initiative, which Obama will lay out in an afternoon speech at a high-tech middle school in North Carolina, nearly all of the nation’s students will have access to high-speed broadband and wireless Internet at their schools within five years.

“This is about creating the platform and infrastructure for the president’s vision for the classroom of the 21st century,” said a senior administration official, who requested anonymity to brief reporters on the plan in advance of Obama’s announcement.

The program, called ConnectED, is part of Obama’s larger plan to expand high-speed Internet connections for 99 percent of students across the country, including to the most remote and sparsely populated regions.

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