The Federal Communications Commission has announced a 60 percent jump in spending for its E-Rate program, a move designed to roll out high-speed Internet access in schools and libraries in poor or rural areas. The $3.9 billion cost of the program will primarily be paid for by a $2 hike in Americans' annual phone bills, according to an ABC News report.
In emphasizing the need for the expanded funding, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler estimated that two-thirds of U.S. schools still do not have high-speed Internet access.
"We are talking about a moral issue. The greatest moral responsibility that any generation has is the preparation of the next generation," Wheeler said in announcing the plan, adding “16 cents a month is a small price to pay for that great responsibility that we all have."