Bradley J. Fikes | Posted: Friday, July 22, 2011 4:12 pm
Nearly 600 low-income households in San Diego County will get free broadband under a federally funded program announced Friday.
The “We Are Now Connected” initiative will provide the broadband in three communities in San Diego, according to a press release. Elsewhere in the state, the initiative will provide free broadband to low-income househods in 12 cities in Northern and Central California. Nationwide, the effort is intended to reach 30 other states and the District of Columbia over the next 12 months
Along with free broadband, the initiative will provide digital literacy training, technical support and online programs and resources.
One Economy, a non-profit that advocates for providing technology to low-income people around the world, is running the program with a $28.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. In California, the program is allocating $3.75 million.
The local launch was marked by One Economy and AT&T, along with County Supervisor Greg Cox, the San Diego Community Housing Corporation, residents and other local leaders.
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