While most schools have high-speed networks and fast internet connections, their ability to stream video or large files to students' homes depends on the connection speeds of these households. That's why a new study issued by the Communications Workers of America should raise a warning flag for educators: It says the United States has fallen to 16th place behind other industrialized nations in high-speed internet access.

Even within the U.S., the report says, large gaps exist among the average download speeds of the various states--raising questions about the equitability of students' access to technology at home from


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