President's plan to bring high-speed internet to classrooms gets $100 million in equipment and tools from Apple

Apple is joining in with President Obama's initiative to get students connected to high-speed internet, called ConnectED, donating $100 million in iPads, computers, and other equiptment. Apple joins a group of compnaies that include Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and Microsoft in donating $750 million towards improving the internet in public schools. Currently, 70% of students in the U.S. are without access to high-speed internet in the classrooms. The President wants to change that, wanting to give 99% of students in U.S. schools access to high-speed internet in the next five years, according to the Associated Press:

Today, fewer than 30% of schools have the broadband they need to teach using today’s technology; under ConnectED, 99% of American students will have access to next-generation broadband by 2017. That connectivity will be the bedrock of a transformation in the classroom experience for all students, regardless of income. As the President said in June, “In a Nation where we expect free WiFi with our coffee, why shouldn’t we have it in our schools?”

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Source: The White House

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.