Mark Zuckerberg (CEO of Facebook) and Bill Gates (Co-founder of Microsoft) have each donated a lot of money for not-for-profit education programs. EducationSuperHighway was able to raise $9 million recently in a fund headed by Zuckerberg. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation also participated in the funding round. The fund will be using the money earned to help with lobbying the government to expand its broadband-speed testing initiative. EducationSuperHighway's site makes the claim that nearly 80% of public schools in the country don't have Internet speeds that are fast enough to prepare students for the technologically-advanced society that they will be released into. The not-for-profit fund currently offers an Internet speed test on their site to help schools with recognizing whether or not their broadband speeds are up to par with what they should be.
It's EducationSuperHighway's goal to upgrade every American K-12 public school so that they can have a 100Mbps+ Internet connection to help students and educators with getting the information they need when they need it.
The Internet Pricing Portal will aggregate cost data from E-Rate participants to help with providing schools with the ability to see benchmark prices for improving their Internet connectivity and necessary equipment. This Portal will make it much simpler to compare and evaluate prices in order to make sure that these public schools are getting the best deals.
For more information about this not-for-profit educational fund, please visit the EducationSuperHighway website.