The real digital divide in educational technology
The supply and demand sides for U.S. educational technology deserve closer scrutiny in light of the release of the 2016 National Education Technology Plan by the Department of Education. That plan, the fifth in a series, was preceded by the Federal Communication Commission's 2014 comprehensive reform of its E-rate program. The revamped E-rate program, the largest federal effort focusing on educational technology, went beyond the original goal established for basic Internet connectivity to schools, replacing it with a new benchmark — a short term target of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students, and a longer term target of 1 Gbps per 1,000 students.
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