Published Online: August 3, 2015
Published in Print: August 5, 2015, as Obama Seeks to Provide Poor Families With Internet

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Obama Seeks to Provide Poor Families With Internet

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President Barack Obama has announced a new program aimed at providing some 275,000 low-income families living in public housing with access to affordable high-speed Internet connections.

The ConnectHome initiative strives to bring together Internet-service providers, public-housing agencies, and elected officials and nonprofit groups. The Federal Communications Commission, school technology groups, and others are pushing to close the "homework gap" that results from many low-income students' inability to access reliable Internet connections outside of school.

According to a new analysis from the President's Council of Economic Advisors, less than half of children from the lowest-income households have a home Internet connection.

Vol. 34, Issue 37, Page 4

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