Apple, Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint are pledging $750 million to support Barack Obama’s ConnectED program
President Barack Obama has announced commitments from U.S. companies that totals around $750 million for the purpose of connecting more students to high-speed Internet. Apple has pledged $100 million in iPads, computers, and other resources. AT&T and Sprint are going to offer free Internet service through wireless networks, Verizon is offering $100 million in cash and other contributions. Microsoft is discounting Windows and is offering 12 million copies of free Microsoft Office.
The Federal Communications Commission is also setting aside from service fees over two years to connect 20 million students to high-speed Internet. President Obama has a goal to have 99% of students get connected to high speeds within five years. President Obama said that only 1 in 5 American students have access to high-speed Internet compared to 100% of students in high-tech countries like South Korea.