Is the United States stuck in the internet's slow lane? It's a question lawmakers are beginning to ask--and the answer could have significant implications for education: Most schools have high-speed networks and fast internet connections, but their ability to stream video or large files to students’ homes, for example, depends on the connection speeds of those households.

Examples abound of countries that have faster and cheaper broadband connections than the U.S., and more of their populations connected to them. What's less clear is how badly the country that gave birth to the internet is doing, and whether the government needs to


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