In a speech at a middle school in Mooresville, N.C., Obama said he would call on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand a program that subsidizes Internet access with the goal of wiring 99 percent of schools with high-speed connectivity within the next five years.
"In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, why wouldn't we have it in our schools?" Obama said. "Why wouldn't we have it available for our children's education?"
The president noted that every school in South Korea had access to high-speed Internet, while the average American school, servicing hundreds of students, had bandwidth capabilities roughly equivalent to the average American home.
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