Obama’s ConnectED promises high-speed Internet to classrooms

The Obama Administration has announced a new initiative called ConnectED, its goal to see 99 percent of schools across the nation outfitted with high-speed Internet access within the next five years.

In this case, “high speed” is defined as at least 100 Mbps, with 1 gigabit being the goal. Other aspects of the initiative include training teachers to help use technology and having schools deploy “feature-rich educational devices” to provide “college and career-ready” content.

The announcement has absolutely no legislative teeth, of course, because the Executive branch of the U.S. government can’t do that. But Obama is calling on the FCC to leverage its E-Rate program, which provides telecommunications and Internet access discounts to schools and libraries.