Mark Zuckerberg to bring high-speed internet to high schools
Nonprofit organization EducationSuperHighway has launched a program nationwide today with the intention to bring high-speed internet to high schools across the US. The program received an unknown amount of funding from Startup: Education, a foundation established by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. EducationSuperHighway’s aim is based on the fact that most schools lack fast enough internet speeds to teach students basic digital skills, and seeks to give them the best electronic learning tools possible. Zuckerberg’s foundation was established to cater to such concerns as that.
“When schools and teachers have access to reliable Internet connections, students can discover new skills and ideas beyond the classroom,” said Zuckerberg in a statement. “The future of our economy and society depend largely on the next generation using and building new online tools and services, and I’m glad to support EducationSuperHighway’s work.”
Schools can register for a network speed test through the nonprofit’s website, something over 600,000 teachers, students and administrators have done already. With over 70 percent of US public schools lacking the sort of internet speed they need, there is plenty of ground to cover.
“We’re seeing a groundswell of activity with teachers trying to adopt new, innovative, technology-friendly tools to teach their students,” said EducationSuperHighway CEO Evan Marwell. “It used to be about access; but now the conversation is about speed and capacity, and that’s what we’re bringing to schools.”