FCC pick backs Obama's plan to expand Internet in schools

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Committee Chairman Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerHumorless politics a sad sign of our times Bottom Line World Health Day: It's time to fight preventable disease MORE (D-W.Va.) said that expanding the program is one of his top goals for the FCC, along with ensuring a successful auction of broadcast TV frequencies to provide enough funding for a nationwide public safety broadband network.

"Updating the E-Rate program to meet the needs of the 21st century is necessary for our children and national competitiveness," Rockefeller said. 

"When 80 percent of the E-Rate schools say they're not getting the proper bandwidth for their instructional needs, something needs to be done," Wheeler agreed.