Obama Launches Project for More Broadband in Public Housing

President Barack Obama announced a pilot project on Wednesday aimed at expanding broadband access for people who live in public housing, part of an effort to close what Obama called the "digital divide" between rich and poor. Eight Internet service providers, including Google Inc and Sprint Corp, have signed on to make the Internet cheaper and more accessible in 27 cities and the Choctaw Tribal Nation in Durant, Oklahoma. Private and public institutions have pledged to invest $70 million in the plan. In Atlanta, Durham, Kansas City and Nashville, Google will provide free Internet connections in some public housing areas.



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