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</b><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#E46C0A;mso-style-textfill-fill-color:#E46C0A;mso-style-textfill-fill-alpha:100.0%">F.C.C. Says It Will Double Spending on High-Speed Internet in Schools and Libraries<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0F243E">WASHINGTON &#8212; The Federal Communications Commission will double the amount of money it devotes to adding high-speed Internet connections in schools and
 libraries over the next two years, in an effort to meet President Obama&#8217;s promise to provide broadband service for an estimated 20 million American students in 15,000 schools, officials said Saturday.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0F243E">Financing for the new spending will come from restructuring the $2.4 billion E-Rate program, which provides money for &#8220;advanced telecommunications and
 information services&#8221; using the proceeds of fees paid by telecommunications users. The proportion that goes to broadband service in schools and libraries will increase to $2 billion a year from $1 billion.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0F243E">Mr. Obama referred to the changes during his State of the Union address last week. The changes will not require any additional taxes or assessments, according
 to an F.C.C. official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because a formal announcement was being planned for this week.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0F243E">The E-Rate program is part of the Universal Service Fund, which also provides money to connect rural areas and low-income people to phone and Internet
 service using money raised through fees on consumers&#8217; phone bills. The commission&#8217;s chairman, Tom Wheeler, is expected to announce details of the plan on Wednesday at an event for Digital Learning Day, which promotes the use of technology in education.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0F243E">Most of the redirected spending in 2014 will come from funds left over from previous years. Next year, much of the money will come from changes to the
 E-Rate program, including the elimination of programs that pay for outdated technologies, like paging services, dial-up Internet connections and email programs that are available free elsewhere.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0F243E">The spending will be used to increase available broadband speeds and provide wireless networks in schools, which are increasingly in demand for students
 using tablets and laptop computers.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0F243E">A 2010 survey conducted for the F.C.C. by Harris Interactive found that roughly half of schools receiving E-Rate funds connected to the Internet at speeds
 of three megabits per second or less &#8212; too slow to stream many video services. The commission wants to give all schools access to broadband connections of 100 megabits per second by 2015, and connections of up to one gigabit per second by the end of the decade.
 Another survey, by the American Library Association, found that 60 percent of libraries reported their speeds failed to meet their patrons&#8217; needs some or most of the time.
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</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/us/fcc-says-it-will-double-spending-on-high-speed-internet-in-schools-and-libraries.html">http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/us/fcc-says-it-will-double-spending-on-high-speed-internet-in-schools-and-libraries.html</a><span style="color:#0F243E"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p>
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