(The Hosting News) – In an effort to carry out the pledge made by the Obama administration to bring Internet access to 20 million American students in 15,000 schools, the FCC has said that they plan to double the amount of money it allots to bringing web access to schools and libraries around the country over the next two years, reports The New York Times.
The additional funding will come from restructuring the E-Rate program, a $2.4 billion program that gives money to fund “advanced telecommunications and information services.”
By restructuring this program, funds set up for broadband services in schools and libraries will increase from $1 billion a year to $2 billion.
Details on this move will be announced Wednesday by FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, at an event for the Digital Learning Day, which is designed to promote the use of technology in education.
“In the Internet age, every student in America should have access to state-of-the-art educational tools, which are increasingly interactive, individualized and bandwidth-intensive,” stated Wheeler in a recent blog post.
The FCC’s plan will not require any additional taxes or fees, instead, the funding will come from using money left over from previous years and from eliminating outdated technology such as dial-up Internet and paging services.
By 2015, the commission hopes to give all schools Internet access of 100 megabits per second and up to one gigabit per second by “the end of the decade.”