US schools to get internet speed boost

Next Story

Internet Explorer most vulnerable to hackers

In an effort to enhance broadband networks in learning institutions, the US government plans to invest an additional US$2 billion, according to a report by Reuters.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will take advantage of E-Rate. Financed by the monthly phone bills of Americans, the scheme enables libraries and schools to get discounts on their internet subscription.

Founded in 1996, the subsidy program has been channelling about US$2.4 billion annually. However, demand has eclipsed that figure and only 50 per cent of that amount has truly been invested in lightning-fast internet connection.

The agency has decided to focus the spending on high-capacity broadband connections and enhance the management and efficiency of E-Rate, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Initially, the extra funds will come from unspent E-Rate money, but later they will likely be sourced from savings resulting from program reforms, such as axing outdated technologies like dial-up internet.

The additional investment will link the World Wide Web with 20 million students at 15,000 schools, noted the FCC. They added that the White House is teaming up with tech giants such as Microsoft and Apple to boost internet connections in American schools.

FCC’s plan to double its investment in fast internet connections is in line with President Obama’s vision of wireless internet and high-speed broadband becoming the norm for 99 per cent of all learning institutions in the US in the next five years.


Exfo IQS-610P Ten Slot Optical Mainframe  IQS610P *30 day warranty* picture
Exfo IQS-610P Ten Slot Optical Mainframe IQS610P *30 day warranty*
National Instruments MainFrame SCXI-1000 + Handle Kit SCXI-1374 + Extra Parts picture
National Instruments MainFrame SCXI-1000 + Handle Kit SCXI-1374 + Extra Parts
Exfo IQS-510P 10 slot Optical Mainframe  IQS510P picture
Exfo IQS-510P 10 slot Optical Mainframe IQS510P
Agilent J6824A 8 Port, T1/E1 Line Interface Module + J6801A Analyzer Mainframe picture
Agilent J6824A 8 Port, T1/E1 Line Interface Module + J6801A Analyzer Mainframe
Tektronix DTG 5078 Generator Mainframe Option 1R picture
Tektronix DTG 5078 Generator Mainframe Option 1R