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Obama Promises to Have High-Speed Internet in Schools

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In just five years, President Barack Obama wants for all schools in the U.S. to have high-speed Internet available to students. While speaking at Mooresville Middle School in North Carolina, he used the school as proof of how various schools can get big discounts via the F.C.C., which has sometimes subsidized schools in this way by adding fees to private citizens' phone bills.

Mooresville was singled out because it has managed to get a computer for every student, along with the high-speed Internet access previously mentioned, all within budget. And, according to the New York Times, performance among students in the school has gone up. The President believes this is a scalable initiative across the U.S., which would come to about $5 extra each year on each person's phone bill, or about 40 cents a month—a small price to pay to make sure our kids get what they need at school.

The initiative, according to Obama, has no need to go through legislation; it's something that can be done right away. "There's no reason why we can't replicate the success you've found here," Obama said to students. "And for those of you who follow politics in Washington, here's the best news—none of this requires an act of Congress. ... We can and we will get started right away."

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