In welcome news, the FCC yesterday announced a partnership with education organizations to connect classrooms nationwide to the Internet. The Hill‘s Brendan Sasso has the story:

The Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission plans to develop a blueprint by the end of the year for how to expand broadband Internet access in K-12 classrooms across the country.

The co-chairmen of the commission are Columbia University President Lee Bollinger; former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings; James Steyer, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Common Sense Media and James Coulter, co-founder of private equity firm TPG Capital.

Over at the FCC website, the Commission has also set up a special section on broadband’s important role in education. Check it out.