Creative Commons Image by Matthew Paulson

FCC Pledges $2 Billion To Bring Wi-Fi To Schools

on Friday, Jul. 11th

Bringing the American educational system into the Internet Age seems like it should be a no-brainer priority, a necessity for our increasingly connected world. Now a controversial plan to set up a $2 billion grant system that will cover the costs of setting up Wi-Fi access on school campuses has gotten a green light from everybody’s favorite regulator.

The Federal Communications Commission voted to set aside funds for Wi-Fi services over the objections of some schools and teachers unions, which wanted the agency to do much more. The National PTA and teachers unions wanted the FCC to increase the size of the so-called E-Rate fund to help cover the costs of Internet access to more schools. Demand has grown as more schools have tried to improve their Internet access, but funding hasn’t kept pace, they noted.

There are, however, no guarantees of support after the initial investment. Which is classic a classic Washington move, especially in this day and age.

Via Re/Code

Photo: Creative Commons image by Matthew Paulson

Corey McCall with the video game controller that measures the level of excitement in the player. Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

These Game Controllers Will (One Day) Read Your Mind

A version of this story airs on NPR/WBUR’s Here & Now.



Virtual Reality’s Future Hinges on Presence and Patience

There are two reoccurring themes in the reports out of this past weekend’s Oculus Connect developers conference in Hollywood.


The Dumbest Case Against Games Journalists You’ll Ever Hear

WARNING: Contains Opinions.


The Good And Bad Memes In #Ferguson Race Conversations

A friend of mine launched a depressing conversation recently, and asked me how much I think he is worth.


Amazon Joins Mobile Payment Game, But Have They Lost The Magic Touch?

Once upon a time it seemed that Amazon could have been destined to be that rare company that could do no wrong.