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In July President Obama announced ConnectHome, a new program spearheaded by HUD to bring high-speed internet to government assisted low-income housing communities. According to the White House website, ConnectHome is an initiative where “[t]he Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is collaborating with EveryoneOn and US Ignite who worked with private- and public sector leaders to build local partnerships and gather commitments that will increase access to the Internet for low-income Americans.”
 
The President and HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced earlier this year that HUD has selected twenty-seven cities and one tribal nation to participate in the pilot program with an initial goal to bring internet access to 250,000 low-income households.
 
Mayors from Cities all over the U.S. “have committed to reallocate local funds, leverage local programming, and use regulatory tools to support this initiative.”   According to an article in USA Today, companies such as “Google Fiber, Sprint, BestBuy, AT&T and others are donating products, services and financial backing.”  In addition to providing access to internet, many companies and non-profits are providing funding for digital literacy courses and other online training programs.
 
Most recently, Secretary Castro traveled to San Francisco to build support for the program while also visiting companies who are already involved. In the USA Today article he is quoted, saying that “[n]o doubt, the lives of people will be changed for the good by closing the digital divide.” 
 
For more information on ConnectHome, the term sheet can be found on the White House website using this link: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/07/15/fact-sheet-connecthome-coming-together-ensure-digital-opportunity-all

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