Obama Initiative: Public Schools to Have Gov Issued High-Speed Internet
June 8, 2013
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been asked to approve President Obama’s imitative called ConnectED, a newly developed high speed internet that will bring a stronger digital connectivity to public schools.
Subsidies for broadband and wireless connections in schools and libraries must be 1 gbps to remain competitive. E-Rate, which is paid by the FCC with a Universal Service Fund, needs no approval from Congress to begin.
American customers of phone corporations would see an increase by an estimated $5 to their monthly bill to aid funding this initiative.
Arne Duncan, Secretary of the DoE explained that the “telephone tax” would be an issue for the FCC to examine as far as necessities of funding for ConnectED.
Douglas Levin, executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) explained: “Over the past few years, schools have been relying on broadband more and more, they’ve been ditching textbooks … shifting to digital assessments and online learning. That’s putting more and more strain on school networks.”
Speaking at a middle school in Mooresville, North Carolina, Obama said: “In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, why shouldn’t we have it in our schools?”
Obama would like to see all students have a laptop throughout their public school career.
He said: “You’re spending less money getting better outcomes and people around the country are starting to take notes. I don’t want this success to be restricted to one school or one school district. There’s no reason we can’t replicate the success you’ve had here. I want to see a tablet that’s the same price as a textbook. I want to see more apps that can be instantly updated with academic content the days it’s available so you don’t have textbooks with students’ names from years ago.”
ConnectED will utilize financial support based from Title II and Title VI of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to pay for teacher training.
The Department of Education (DoE) supports this effort to link American public schools to the global community and push for more training in digital technologies.
June of 2012, Obama signed the executive order entitled Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment which supposed to “facilitate broadband deployment on Federal lands, buildings, and rights of way, federally assisted highways, and tribal and individual Indian trust lands (tribal lands), particularly in underserved communities.”
With the EO came the creation of US Ignite, which is a 6 year plan to create private-public partnerships (PPP) with the areas a “national security”; as defined:
• Workforce development
• Advanced manufacturing
• Public safety
• Clean energy
With previous EOs, Obama has laid the foundation for new rules and regulations that would federalize tracking the US public with the extension of extension of broadband under the Federal Infrastructure Projects Dashboard.
US Ignite lists partners ready to assist the US government in creating a government-controlled internet system that connects to all aspects of our lives as we become more and more dependent on technological advancements.
Some of their partners include Cisco, Comcast, Hewlett Packard, Mozilla, Verizon, AT&T, City of San Francisco, Juniper, Big Switch, Cienna, Delta Regional Authority, City of Philadelphia, City of Santa Monica, and Lafayette Utilities Systems.
The purpose is to create through use of current “test beds” the next generation of internet where the US government controls the flow of information under all avenues of access.
The pairing with the Global Environment for Network Innovation (GENI) integrates social networking sites with the real world application as influencing society and commerce.
This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) who will supply the academia and research necessary to improve on US Ignite through GENI and a $40 million investment.
The beta-testing in certain cities right now are gathering information for the government-sponsored internet of the future.
The NSF will lead US Ignite for the White House which will eventually integrate all aspects of economy and commerce onto the digital highway to be controlled and manipulated by the US government as the “next-generation network”.
Universities, cities, healthcare offices, transportation, and all other aspects of daily life in America will be connected by this “so-called future internet”.
Current experiments demonstrate that all these systems can be connected and controlled by one central grid. The NSF is now empowering GENI to create a prototype within experimental parameters that will satisfy the US government’s desire to “transform cybersecurity, network performance, and cloud computing research, and will jump start applications, which have the potential for profound societal and economic impacts.”
Different uses of US Ignite are:
• Radars to high-speed networks for weather prediction and disaster mitigation
• All-encompassing monitoring of all computers connected to the network
• Filing of patient information if doctors are connected to the network
• Retention of could-conferencing
The US Ignite network will connect retailer to shipper, distribution center and customer; educator to student, university and academia; web-developers to university researchers, entrepreneurs within all areas of national priority – which include all necessities controlled by the government for the continued functionality of our society.
US Ignite is downplayed in the mainstream because of its promises to be 100 times faster by using a one-gigabit network which is not believed, however, the implications of this venture is missed (or omitted).
The gravity of a network funded by and controlled by the US government through PPPs, city-state agreements and local governments to participate in a new version of the internet that is fully connected is lost in the MSM. Their focus is point out flaws in the Obama administration’s allocation of broadband as “slow and expensive in American cities.”