I forgot to mention, I am in favor of providing e-readers. I would think that some publisher would be able to make more money by giving out cheap e-readers instead of a physical books and then charge a licensing fee. This would allow them to keep control of the content while allow our kids to have safe/easy access.
My child goes to a FCPS and I am glad that they are going back to paper. Never mind the broadband issues, some homes don't have computers. How this escaped them is beyond me seeing as they have programs that provide money for field trips for those that can't afford it. I rather doubt families in this position are spending hard earned dollars on computers.
The other issue I had with this system is that parents can either be naive, incapable, or aren't involved enough to provide a locked down computer. If you think putting a child in front of a broadband connected computer without supervision is a productive use of their time, then your child is very disciplined.