School-based internet access can bring interactive, individualized, digital learning to millions of students.

President Barack Obama wants to see the nation’s classrooms transformed into digital learning centers and he is ready to ask federal regulators to use billions of dollars to pay for the broadband and high-speed internet connections that will be needed to make it happen.

During a stop June 6 in Mooresville, N.C., Obama was expected to call on the Federal Communications Commission to use a program that funds internet access in schools and libraries to bring these faster connections to 99 percent of students within five years.

Obama was visiting Mooresville Middle School, just north of Charlotte, to highlight the positive transformation and increased digital learning that has taken place there in the few years since the school district’s new superintendent began providing laptop computers to all students.

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