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Obama to announce classroom broadband plan in North Carolina visit

With his legislative agenda largely stymied by a bitterly divided Congress, President Obama is taking what his aides are touting as a major executive action on Thursday to expand Internet connectivity in the nation’s schools.

Under the initiative, which Obama will lay out in an afternoon speech at a high-tech middle school in North Carolina, nearly all of the nation’s students will have access to high-speed broadband and wireless Internet at their schools within five years.