The Obama administration announced a new initiative to bring high-speed Internet to low-income households. ConnectHome will launch in 27 cities and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, bringing the Internet to 275,000 low-income households and nearly 200,000 children, according to a July 15 press release from the White House.
The ConnectHome initiative follows the president’s creation of the Broadband Opportunity Council, which is made up of 25 federal agencies working towards expanding Internet access in the U.S., CNET reported.
"While nearly two-thirds of households in the lowest-income quintile own a computer, less than half have a home Internet subscription," the White House said. "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. This 'homework gap' runs the risk of widening the achievement gap, denying hardworking students the benefit of a technology-enriched education.”
Google, Sprint Corp., Cox Communications and CenturyLink Inc. will be offering the Internet service to these low-income communities and BestBuy will offer technical support and training. GitHub, a software development site, donated $250,000 to the initiative, United Press International reported.