Obama pushing broadband for low-income households

*It’s a HUD pilot program that harnesses the energy of the biggest names in the tech corporate world, matches it with selected city governments and provides vital access to children and their parents. VL


The-Hill-LogoBy David McCabe, The Hill

President Obama on Wednesday will announce plans to work with local governments, telecommunications firms and nonprofits to provide broadband service and digital training to more than a quarter million low-income households.

[pullquote][tweet_dis]“The stakes are clear: families living in the 21st century need 21st century tools to thrive.” -HUD Secretary Julián Castro[/tweet_dis][/pullquote]

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pilot program — dubbed ConnectHome — is designed to bring residents of public or assisted housing online in 28 communities.

The plan will bring broadband Internet service and training to close to 200,000 low-income children, the administration said.

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