Wednesday, September 22, 2010

USA - Schools are one of the anchor tenants for high speed broadband with 1 Gbps hubs

[ars technica] A big component of the Federal Communication Commission's national broadband strategy is to turn "anchor institutions"—schools, libraries, and government buildings—into 1Gbps hubs of community access for high speed Internet. The agency took that agenda one step further on Tuesday by announcing that schools and libraries will soon be able to use E-Rate funds to obtain access to unused fiber-optic connections around the country, sometimes known as "dark fiber" lines.

"With these fiber networks, schools and libraries can provide students and communities with cutting-edge connectivity, while at the same time saving millions of dollars by bypassing more expensive options," the draft proposal explains.

FCC to fast track fiber to schools and libraries

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