Every classroom in the 170,000-student Philadelphia School District has wireless Internet capabilities under a $40 million project completed last month–one of the world’s largest networks of its kind, according to industry and school district officials.

The school district initiative, 75 percent of which was funded by the federal government’s e-Rate program, advances the district’s efforts to modernize its classrooms.

Meru Networks of California, one of two companies that worked with the district on the project, isn’t aware of a larger initiative of its kind, although some other school systems have plans for one, said Rachna Ahlawat, vice president for strategic marketing.

A U.S. Department of Education official said Philadelphia was one of the largest school systems known to have implemented wireless technology in every classroom.

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