Although most schools and colleges have high-speed networks and fast internet connections, their ability to stream video or large files to students off campus depends on the connection speeds of these households. That’s why a new—and controversial—assessment of broadband access in the United States has important implications for educators.

In 2004, President Bush pledged that all Americans should have affordable access to high-speed internet service by 2007. A report released Jan. 31 by the Bush administration says it has reached this goal—mostly.

“Networked Nation: Broadband in America” is an upbeat assessment...

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