CONGRESSMAN BISHOP ANNOUNCES BROADBAND EXPANSION INITIATIVE IN ALBANY & MACON
ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is proud to share that both Albany and Macon were selected as two of 27 participants in ConnectHOME, a nationwide U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Digital Opportunity Demonstration Program pilot initiative that will accelerate broadband adoption by children and families living in HUD-assisted housing. Albany and Macon were selected through a competitive process that took into account local commitment to expanding broadband opportunities in the community.
“High-speed Internet is a necessity in today’s information-based economy,” said Congressman Bishop. “ConnectHOME will help low- and middle-income families access the information superhighway so that they can better compete for twenty-first century jobs.”
ConnectHOME seeks to create a shared platform that brings together local governments, members of private industry, nonprofit organizations, and other interested entities that will produce locally-tailored solutions for bridging the digital divide. This new initiative with communities, the private sector, and federal government seeks to expand high speed broadband to more families across the country. Internet service providers, non-profits and the private sector will offer broadband access, technical training, digital literacy programs, and devices for residents in assisted housing units.
Participating communities and stakeholders will be required to develop standards for measuring the effectiveness of the initiative and to report on their results. While HUD will not devote any federal funding towards this initiative, the Department has identified strategies that will provide our existing programs with greater flexibility to address barriers to broadband access.
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