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President Obama said Tuesday that high-tech companies have pledged more than $750 million in equipment and services to help connect more of the nation's students to high-speed Internet.

Money from Apple, Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and other companies, combined with $2 billion from the Federal Communications Commission, will help connect up to 15,000 schools and 20 million students.

These businesses "want educated customers," Obama told students and faculty at a Maryland high school that provides students with iPads. "They want customers who are able to get good jobs, who are going to be using these tools in the future."

The grants are part of what Obama called "ConnectED," a project designed to connect 99% of the nation's students to high speed Internet within the next five years.

"In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, we should definitely demand it in our schools," Obama said during his appearance at Buck Lodge Middle School:



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