HUD’s Castro Looks to Tech Sector to Connect 275,000 Poor Families to Broadband

By John K. Waters, THE Journal

More than half of all low-income families in this country are not currently connected to the Internet, according to Juli├ín Castro, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. The ConnectHome initiative is building on the existing ConnectED project to change that statistic and ensure that the Internet “follows young people home.” It is widely understood among K-12 educators and administrators that students need high-speed broadband access to the Internet, both at school and at home, to take full advantage of the online learning resources that have become a fundamental part of the 21st century classroom. But it’s also dawning on a growing number of employers that broadband access in the home might be as essential as school access to the development of a tech-savvy workforce.

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