President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a new initiative to connect residents of public housing to the Internet and provide them with web-enabled hardware. The program will launch this year in Kansas City and 27 other communities nationwide.
Called ConnectHome, the program is expected to provide broadband Internet access to some 275,000 households and 200,000 children, addressing the so-called digital divide between Internet haves and have-nots.
Google Fiber said it will help provide the Internet connections in Kansas City. Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint was also announced as another corporate participant in the program, which will be largely funded by nonprofits and private companies.