New Program Connects Housing Projects to Internet

New Program Connects Housing Projects to Internet

Los Angeles Wave

Wave Staff | September 16, 2016

BOYLE HEIGHTS  — A major commitment from AT&T will bolster the ConnectHome initiative’s drive to close the digital divide for low-income families through a low-cost broadband program.

Access from AT&T, a public-private effort, will help connect families living in public housing projects to low-cost Internet service.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and local elected officials were on hand Sept. 7 to formally announce AT&T becoming a national stakeholder at Estrada Courts, the public housing project in Boyle Heights.

ConnectHome is an initiative to extend affordable broadband access to families living in assisted housing units. Through ConnectHome, Internet service providers, nonprofits and the private sector are offering broadband access, technical training, digital literacy programs and devices for residents in assisted housing units in communities across the nation.

Castro said the Internet is not a luxury, but rather a necessity that helps youths compete.

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