Education Breaking News: U.S. FCC Moves to Reform E-Rate Subsidy for Internet at Schools

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Education Breaking News: U.S. FCC Moves to Reform E-Rate Subsidy for Internet at Schools

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After President Barack Obama's plea for a swifter transition to the digital era, U.S. Federal Communications Commission moved to revamp a subsidy program aimed at bringing faster Internet to schools and libraries. The FCC voted to propose various changes to how schools apply for and spend funds from the E-Rate program; for instance ensuring that the program would prioritize investments in faster broadband connections over some older technologies it also supports. The No Child Left Behind measure, passed largely along party lines, faces significant challenges from Senate Democrats and a veto threat. Outgoing U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was confirmed as president of the University of California despite an unruly protest by students from the prestigious 10-campus system that led to six arrests.

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