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White House: Broadband Initiative a "Non-Brainer"

$4-6 billion proposal aims to expand high-speed internet to almost all schools


The White House on Wednesday called a  $4-6 billion proposal to expand high-speed Internet access to 99 percent of schools a "no-brainer," but said the idea ultimately requires approval by the independent Federal Communications Commission.

Speaking in response to a question in Martha's Vineyard, where President Obama is vacationing, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the program is part of the agenda of expanding economic opportunity that has been the focus of presidential trips and speeches this summer.