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Chapter Eight: Canada's SchoolNet: Wiring up schools?
With the rapid rise in prominence of the Internet during the 1990s, most industrialized nations developed policies and programs promoting public access to the Internet in order to ameliorate the emerging “digital divide” that threatened to undermine social solidarity. In Canada, this was pursued most visibly through the federal “Connecting Canadians” agenda, led by Industry Canada. Its goal was to make Canada the most “connected nation on Earth,” notably through its SchoolNet, Community Access (CAP), and LibraryNet programs.
SchoolNet, established in 1994 to increase “connectivity” to public schools across Canada, was one of the earliest federal government projects in support of access to what was then dubbed the “information highway.” Its mandate—to work ...