- Associated Press - Monday, February 22, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont officials are seeking to maximize the state’s participation in a national initiative aimed at helping schools and libraries improve their Internet connections.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/1SMvYgm ) a dozen schools reported having download speeds under 10 megabits per second. Peter Drescher, of the Vermont Agency of Education, says other schools have less than 3 Mbps.

President Barack Obama in 2013 announced the ConnectED initiative, a program through the Federal Communications Commission aimed at bringing high-speed internet to 99 percent of U.S. schools.

A nonprofit reported that 90% of Vermont schools met the FCC’s connectivity target of 100 kilobits per second for each student in 2015.

An Arlington lawmaker recently introduced a bill that would use $1 million from the Vermont Capital Bill to fund more internet coverage.



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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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