SOURCE: EducationSuperHighway

July 07, 2014 09:06 ET

America's Leading CEOs Urge FCC Commissioners to Support Chairman Wheeler's Proposal to Connect Millions of Students to Wi-Fi in 2015

Dozens of CEOs From Bloomberg, HP, eBay, Xerox,, and others Say Immediate E-Rate Modernization Necessary for Students to Compete in Highly Competitive Global Economy

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 7, 2014) - Leading American CEOs today delivered a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that supports Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal for E-rate modernization, which starts with ensuring ubiquitous Wi-Fi for millions of America's K-12 students. The FCC is expected to vote on this vital issue at its July 11 meeting; the CEO group -- including Adobe, Facebook, Intuit, EMC, Wells Fargo, and Dropbox -- is urging the Commission to act quickly to adopt the proposal as a critical first step in the effort to connect 99% of students to high-speed broadband.

The CEOs -- in conjunction with EducationSuperHighway as well as bipartisan groups of governors, senators, congressmen, mayors, and education technology innovators -- have joined the E-rate modernization movement calling for an upgrade to schools' outdated broadband infrastructure. In their letter to the FCC, the business leaders stress the importance of connectivity for America's students to successfully compete in a globalized economy.

"The time is now to provide America's students with the bandwidth they so greatly need," said Marc Benioff, CEO of "Chairman Wheeler's plan to move swiftly to ensure schools have robust wireless access right away is an essential first step toward educating our children to compete in the global economy."

"We commend this forward-thinking group of CEOs who are clearly committed to the notion that we must modernize classroom learning now," said Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway. "We stand with them in support of immediate action and speedy resolution of the Wi-Fi gap to provide millions of students with a brighter, more connected future."

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About EducationSuperHighway

EducationSuperHighway is a non-profit organization working to enable high-speed Internet access in every classroom in America so that all students can take advantage of the promise of digital learning. Backed by Mark Zuckerberg's Startup:Education and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the team of educators, engineers, and business executives is led by successful entrepreneur Evan Marwell.

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