WASHINGTON (AP) — Baton Rouge and New Orleans are among 27 pilot cities selected for a new program to help close the digital divide by bringing faster Internet to low-income households.
President Barack Obama, during a visit Wednesday to Durant, Oklahoma, planned to announce a pilot program that brings together communities, the private sector and the federal government to make high-speed Internet available to more families, the White House said.
ConnectHome, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will begin in 27 cities and one tribal nation, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Cox said it will support the effort in Baton Rouge and New Orleans by offering its Connect2Compete home Internet service offer for $9.95 a month to eligible K-12 families.
The White House said Obama’s school-based Internet program is on track to make sure that 99 percent of K-12 students can use the Web in their classrooms and libraries by 2017. The new program aims to help less-privileged students access the Internet and continue learning when they get home from school.
The 27 cities the Department of Housing and Urban Development selected for ConnectHome are: Albany, Georgia; Atlanta; Baltimore; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Boston; Camden, New Jersey; Cleveland; Denver; Durham, North Carolina; Fresno, California; Kansas City, Missouri; Little Rock, Arkansas; Los Angeles; Macon, Georgia; Memphis, Tennessee; Meriden, Connecticut; Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans; New York; Newark, New Jersey; Philadelphia; Rockford, Illinois; San Antonio; Seattle; Springfield, Massachusetts; Tampa, Florida; and the District of Columbia.