"In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, why shouldn't we have it in our schools?" Obama said.
Most U.S. schools have Internet access, but the connections don't have enough capacity or are slow, according to the blueprint.
Like the president, the commission calls for the FCC to update its E-Rate program to pay to connect schools to high-speed Internet. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said the agency could start the process of updating the program as soon as this summer.
Jim Steyer, one of the LEAD Commission's chairmen, said it would cost at least $6 billion to wire schools.
The panel will call for a public-private initiative to put laptops, tablets and other devices into the hands of all students by 2020, beginning with middle school students and making sure that low-income students and those who attend schools in poorly funded districts are included. Money that is no longer being spent to buy printed textbooks, as is the case in Mooresville, could be redirected to help pay for the devices.