Panel backs introduction of digital learning in US

June 13, 2013 by Darlene Superville

An independent panel that studied the lack of technology in America's schools says most students can have access to high-speed Internet even sooner than President Barack Obama is calling for.

The LEAD Commission is finalizing a five-point plan it says will bring digital learning to schools by 2016.

Obama last week called for 99 percent of students to be connected to super-fast Internet within five years, or by sometime in 2018.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the panel's blueprint on Wednesday. The full plan is due to be released soon.

Most schools have , but officials say the connections don't have enough capacity or are slow.

Like Obama, the commission calls on the to figure out how to pay for the faster Internet connections.

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