Special to this newspaper
WASHINGTON (MNS) — Rep. Bob Filner, D-Chula Vista, asked a House appropriations subcommittee Thursday to approve $6 million for a high-speed communications network for Imperial County schools and government agencies.
‘‘Students are denied the Internet access that makes the 21st century function," Filner said.
The county's poverty and isolation are what contributes to the lack of Internet capability, he said. The Imperial Irrigation District has offered to provide fiber-optic cable and remote Internet connection capabilities for the county's network free of charge, but many schools and county agencies need federal money to complete their own infrastructure, said John Anderson, the county school superintendent.
Already local school districts, cities and the county have spent $17 million on computer equipment and local computer networking, Anderson said. The county received more than $1 million in state and other grants for computer connectivity, according to Filner.