Obama announces nearly $3B in ed tech commitments

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced nearly $3 billion in commitments from the Federal Communications Commission and several private technology companies that aim to “close the technology gap in our schools.”

During the announcement at a middle school in Maryland, Obama said the commitments will help “put the world and outer space at every child’s fingertips, whether they live in a big city or a quiet suburb or rural America.”

In addition to the FCC’s $2 billion commitment to serve as a down payment for providing high-speed broadband Internet access to 15,000 schools, the Department of Agriculture will provide more than $10 million in distance-learning grants for rural schools, according to documents provided by the White House.

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