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FCC to vote on plan to give Wi-Fi to nearly 3,200 Wisconsin schools, libraries

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - About 3,200 Wisconsin schools and libraries would get wireless Internet service over the next five years, under a proposal to be voted on this month.

The board of the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote a week from Friday on a plan to spend $2 billion. It would seek to get high-speed Internet service into all U.S. classrooms and libraries by 2019.

The money would come from the Universal Service Fund, which gets its money from fees on our phone bills.

The FCC says about 850,000 Wisconsin school students would benefit from the proposed boost in Wi-Fi coverage. Agency officials say most schools and libraries don't have nearly enough Wi-Fi power to support the latest high-tech tools like tablets and interactive textbooks.

Nationally, the FCC says its proposal would increase funds for rural schools by 75 percent, and urban schools by 60 percent.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)