Noah J Nelson 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.