For years, educators have known that students who don't have access to computers at home remain at a disadvantage. Now, lawmakers and communications companies plan to bring the web into the homes of hundreds of fourth-grade schoolchildren using one of the most ubiquitous household devices available—the television.

Through the program, called WISH TV, students don't need to own a personal computer in their home. Instead, companies will provide them with free digital set-top boxes for one year that will enable them to receive web services on standard televisions, plus the two-way cable connection needed


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