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More Info On FCC’s Plan To Get Internet & Computers To Student Homes


I’ve written quite a bit about our school’s efforts, other similar programs, and new national initiatives to get Internet access and computers into the homes of low-income students and their families (see The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students).

I’ve just seen the public announcement by the Federal Communications Commission laying-out their 2012 plan to make a huge effort towards this goal happen, and it really sounds impressive.

I must admit to a bit of skepticism, as well. During my nineteen year community organizing career, I saw many big public pronouncements from government bodies or private institutions like banks about huge investments they were going to make in programs to help low-income communities. Sometimes those words would turn into reality, and sometimes they wouldn’t.

Let’s hope this one actually happens….

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. What about all the private internet companies (like comcast and now others) that plan on offering internet access for $10/month to low-income families? Is that part of the FCC plan or separate from it?

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