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U.s. Asks Colleges to Enhance the Nation's Internet Capacity


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The U.S. government wants colleges and universities to help bring ultra high-speed Internet access to more communities. The proposal is part of a federal blueprint for broadband, which aims to provide broadband access to the 100 million people who currently lack access by 2020.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has endorsed the plan, which would provide funding for about one third of the U.S.'s "community anchor" institutions, which includes colleges, libraries, and hospitals. The funding could be used to upgrade existing regional and national education networks.

"The higher-education-networking community is being challenged to extend and serve community-anchor institutions," says National LambdaRail president Glenn Ricart. "How and when that all happens is still to be worked out."

From The Chronicle of Higher Education
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