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Monday, November 05, 2007

Questions regarding broadband policies have implications for schools

Is the United States stuck in the internet's slow lane?

It's a question lawmakers are beginning to ask--and the answer could have significant implications for education: Most schools have high-speed networks and fast internet connections, but their ability to stream video or large files to students’ homes, for example, depends on the connection speeds of those households...
In a move to get a clearer picture of where the U.S. stands, the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Oct. 30 approved legislation that would develop an annual inventory of existing broadband services--including the types, advertised speeds, and actual number of subscribers--available to households and businesses across the nation.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is intended to provide policy makers with improved data so they can better use grants and subsidies to target areas lacking high-speed internet access. Markey said in a statement last week that promoting broadband internet access would help spur job growth, access to health care, and education and would promote innovation, among other benefits.

Source: eSchool News