Pres. Obama’s ConnectED Program Will Bring Millions of Free or Discounted Tablets to Schoolchildren

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Some of the nation’s top technology companies and Internet service providers are coming together with President Barack Obama to help bring American students sufficient access to the Internet. The President’s ConnectED initiative aims to have 99% of schoolkids wired with high-speed Internet within five years.

Obama announced the $750 million in private-business commitments at a Maryland middle school on Tuesday morning. Among the commitments is a pledge by Apple to distribute $100 million in iPads, computers, and other tools to the nation’s schools.

Meanwhile Microsoft is making Windows available at discounted prices. The company has teamed up with Dell, Lenovo and other OEMs to offer tablets, laptops and other devices at significantly lower prices, a commitment Microsoft claims will inject $1 billion of savings into the U.S. public school system. Microsoft is also offering 12 million free copies of Microsoft Office software.

On the Internet front, AT&T and Sprint are offering free Internet via its wireless networks while Verizon has pledged $100 million in cash donations and in-kind contributions.

Source: White House

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