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Is ConnectED On Track to Reach Its Goal By 2018?

Jun 26, 2015

NATIONWIDE CONNECTIONS: In 2013, Obama announced the ConnectED initiative, which plans to provide 99 percent of US students with access to broadband in classrooms and libraries by 2018. Two years into the five-year timeline, how far has ConnectED come?

According to a fact sheet provided by The White House, the initiative is on track to reach its goals. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has pledged a record $3.9 billion in E-rate funding to help schools and libraries provide students with access to broadband Internet in the 2015-2016 school year. Over 1,900 superintendents nationwide have committed their schools to the Future Ready pledge. Publishers, including the big five, have promised $250 million in free eBooks to create a digital library accessible to low-income students. And organizations in the public and private sector have committed over $10 billion to the initiative, including $100 million from Apple to underserved students at 114 schools, $300 million of free software from Adobe, and free access to PD and AP-level courses from Coursera and edX.

Is ConnectED On Track to Reach Its Goal By 2018?

Policy

Is ConnectED On Track to Reach Its Goal By 2018?

Jun 26, 2015

NATIONWIDE CONNECTIONS: In 2013, Obama announced the ConnectED initiative, which plans to provide 99 percent of US students with access to broadband in classrooms and libraries by 2018. Two years into the five-year timeline, how far has ConnectED come?

According to a fact sheet provided by The White House, the initiative is on track to reach its goals. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has pledged a record $3.9 billion in E-rate funding to help schools and libraries provide students with access to broadband Internet in the 2015-2016 school year. Over 1,900 superintendents nationwide have committed their schools to the Future Ready pledge. Publishers, including the big five, have promised $250 million in free eBooks to create a digital library accessible to low-income students. And organizations in the public and private sector have committed over $10 billion to the initiative, including $100 million from Apple to underserved students at 114 schools, $300 million of free software from Adobe, and free access to PD and AP-level courses from Coursera and edX.

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