Common Sense Applauds ConnectHome, a New Public-Private Partnership to Extend the Benefits of High Speed Internet to Low-Income Homes
A statement on the launch of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's ConnectHome program
"ConnectHome is a great next step in the effort to bridge the digital divide that separates lower income families from the vast majority of Americans who can access the benefits of high speed Internet at home," said Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense. "Hats off to President Obama, Housing Secretary Castro and their partners in the private sector for launching this important initiative.
"High speed Internet at home is as essential to communicating and interacting with the outside world as the telephone, and yet there are five million homes with school aged children that do not have access to it today. That has to change to help kids do better in school, help parents find jobs and increase their job skills, and to reduce health care costs. At Common Sense, we've made broadband expansion to schools and homes a top priority. The benefits of broadband should be universally shared in America and we look forward to seeing all homes, classrooms and libraries connected to broadband as soon as possible."
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