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Bolstering Broadband in the U.S.

By Katie Ash — March 09, 2009 1 min read
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As we ask ourselves questions about social networking, mobile technologies, online learning, and other emerging technological concerns, it’s important to remember that not all school districts in this country are all that far along technologically. In fact, many schools, as well as businesses and homes, are still struggling to secure stable, high-speed broadband connections, as this report, released by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, reminds us.

The report calls for a renewed focus on getting all Americans hooked up to high-speed broadband Internet. The number of Americans connected to broadband has increased dramatically since the beginning of the decade, but the U.S. still lags behind countries like Japan and South Korea in terms of use of the Internet as well as the speed of Internet connections. Worth noting is the fact that $7.2 billion was set aside to bolster broadband services in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which the report calls “relatively limited funds.”

To tap into the potential that the Internet provides—such as video-streaming and conferencing, faster file-transfers from one computer to the next, and simultaneous usage of many bandwidth-heavy applications and devices—policymakers and leaders will first need to look into expanding the U.S. broadband network, says the report.

To read the whole report, click here.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.