Education and Training

According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, your best source for e-books remains your public library.
The new Digital Inclusion Survey is a ?national survey of public libraries that explored the digital inclusion roles of public libraries.?
Three Democratic FCC commissioners voted to modernize the E-rate program, adding an additional $2 billion to schools and libraries for improved Wi-Fi services.
Today, 13 major national education associations wrote to the FCC "to express our strong concerns with proposed changes we believe will only dilute an already over-subscribed E-rate Program [and fail] to meet the needs of urban, rural and low-density populated areas."
"I believe," wrote FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, "we should put those resources to work now to meet our educators? overwhelming pent-up demand for upgrading Wi-Fi at our schools and libraries."
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler kicked off the E-Rate Modernization Workshop saying that bringing broadband to schools and libraries could be ?the single most important issue this agency deals with."
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel appeared at the trendsetting SXSW festival in Austin, Texas to talk about E-Rate 2.0, the plan to modernize the country?s largest education technology program.
E-Rate is the federal program aiming to provide schools and libraries with up-to-date broadband connectivity. Yesterday, the FCC?s Wireline Competition Bureau asked for focused comment on its E-rate Modernization Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
According to the Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission, ?An overwhelming 83% of voters support a proposal to put high-speed Internet access in all American public schools within the next 5 years.
President Obama told students at a middle school, ?The average American school has about the same Internet bandwidth as the average American home, but it serves 200 times as many people."