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Mark Zuckerberg Donates $20M to Schools For Faster Internet

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Some students will be able to browse Facebook faster, thanks to a donation from Mark Zuckerberg.

The Facebook CEO announced on Thursday that he was donating $20 million to Education Super Highway, a nonprofit committed to increasing access to high-speed Internet in America's public schools.

"Most schools in the US are connected, but less than half have high-speed broadband," Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook. "This means most students can't use personalized learning software that helps them learn content they're interested in, at their own pace and in a style customized to them. And it means teachers can't access many of the resources available online."

This is not the first time Zuckerberg has donated millions to education causes. Five years ago, he donated $100 million to the public school system in Newark, New Jersey, and last year $120 million to Bay Area schools. His wife, Priscilla Chan, will head a new private school for underserved children in East Palo Alto, Calfiornia, scheduled to open next year.

According to Education Super Highway, 23 percent of school districts don't meet its minimum bandwidth goal. Paired with a Pew Research study that found 31 percent of homes with incomes below $50,000 and children don't have a broadband connections, it's clear that many kids don't have access to high-speed Internet.