More than 1,900 schools in rural communities will receive broadband Internet access as part of a $1.2 billion investment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in infrastructure projects.
The funding will support 126 projects in 38 states. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the projects will help level the field for education in rural areas.
"These investments will fund projects to improve connections to rural communities and Native American tribal lands, bringing broadband to more than 1,900 schools, serving 550,000 students, and many of the students’ homes," Duncan says. "These projects will include more than 300 schools currently in unserved areas, providing the opportunity for a high-speed connection to 82,000 students for the first time."