And President Barack Obama continues to drop bombs before he officially leaves office. This time, he will be announcing the ConnectHome initiative, which will launch in 27 cities and one tribal nation and reach more than 275,000 low-income households and nearly 200,000 children. Obama is traveling to Durant, Okla., today to discuss this new initiative geared towards bringing high-speed internet to more families across the United States.
The ConnectHome pilot program is going to launch in over 25 cities and one tribal nation. It is expected to reach over 275,000 low-income households and nearly 200,000 children, so they will have support and access to the Internet from the comfort of their own homes.
The White House tells us that internet service providers, nonprofits and the private sector have all joined together to pitch in, to offer broadband access, technical training, digital literacy programs and devices for the residents in “assisted housing units.”
“The stakes are clear: Families living in the 21st century need 21st-century tools to thrive,” Julián Castro, the secretary of housing and urban development, told reporters today, according to The Hill.
The White House says Obama hopes that ConnectHome will help close the “homework gap” and give more Americans aid with digital access and overall opportunity. The president’s Council of Economic Advisers released a new analysis today showing that a percentage of Americans, particularly those within low-income households, still can’t get access to high-speed broadband.
“While many middle-class U.S. students go home to Internet access, allowing them to do research, write papers, and communicate digitally with their teachers and other students, too many lower-income children go unplugged every afternoon when school ends,” the White House said in its press release. “This ‘homework gap’ runs the risk of widening the achievement gap, denying hardworking students the benefit of a technology-enriched education.”
Atlanta; Baton Rouge, La.; Macon, Ga.; Memphis, Tenn.; New York City; Newark, N.J.; Washington, D.C. and the Choctaw Nation were chosen to participate in this ConnectHome program.