Cable giants to wire U.S. schools

Cable companies will provide public schools with high-speed Internet access.

Cable television executives and government officials are meeting in Washington today to announce a new strategy to provide elementary and secondary schools with high-speed access to the Internet.

The program, called Cable's High Speed Education Connection, will start by connecting school districts in 18 states, including Arizona, California, New York, and Ohio.

Cable giants such as Cox Communications, Tele-Communications Incorporated, and Time Warner will offer cable modems to every school within their service areas, according to officials. The project is expected to begin by the end of the year.