Tech Reports: FCC Modernizes Internet Rules in Schools & Libraries

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The Federal Communications Commission wants to get more bang from the federal dollars that subsidize Internet access in schools and libraries by lifting some of the restrictions that come with the funds.

KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says that will mean a faster internet connection, mobile access on a pilot basis, and it will enable schools to share their bandwidth to the immediate area during after-school hours.

The FCC plans to let schools open their doors to the public after hours so that people can use subsidized Internet connections after students go home. It also plans to launch a pilot program that would let schools use the money to pay for wireless connections for electronic reading devices that can download textbooks.

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