Tech CEOs request billions for school Wi-Fi

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A group of tech leaders is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to spend billions expanding access to wireless Internet in the nation’s schools and libraries.

The group of 41 leaders, which includes Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Star Wars director George Lucas sent a letter to the FCC on Monday encouraging them to ratify a proposed plan by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that would allocate $5 billion to expand the government’s E-Rate program to put Wi-Fi in as many schools as possible.

“The Chairman’s proposal is a significant, fiscally responsible step forward in modernizing the E-rate program and connecting our schools,” the letter reads. “The message from America is clear, if our schools do not have the broadband they need, our students will not be able to compete in the global economy.”

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