In 1996, Dave Boliek founded ExplorNet, Inc. The nonprofit, Durham-based company matches schools needing computers with companies disposing of their old ones. To date, the company has received 200 computers from 25 businesses.
Starting in the year 2000, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Computer Initiative will require incoming freshmen to have a Microsoft Windows-based PC laptop. This emphasis on uniformity over personal choice has been questioned by some faculty and students.
Harris discusses the NC 1:1 Initiative, which is funded by the North Carolina General Assembly. The pilot program puts a computer in the hands of every student at eight targeted North Carolina high schools.