President Barack Obama will officially announce 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.

President Barack Obama is traveling to Durant, Okla., on Wednesday to officially announce a new initiative geared to bringing high-speed broadband to more families across the nation.

The ConnectHome pilot program—set to launch in 27 cities and one tribal nation—is expected to reach more than 275,000 low-income households and almost 200,000 children, giving them the support they need to access the Internet from the comfort of their own homes.

According to the White House, Internet service providers, nonprofits and the private sector have all chipped 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 reports on Wednesday, according to The Hill.

The White House notes that the president hopes that ConnectHome will help close the “homework gap” and provide more Americans with digital access and opportunity. The president’s Council of Economic Advisers released a new analysis Wednesday showing that some Americans, particularly those living in low-income households, still do not have the benefit of being able to access high-speed broadband.


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