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President Obama announced Wednesday a partnership with the federal government, broadband providers and content companies to expand high speed Internet in certain low income areas, including Cleveland and theCuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.

The White House says there is a correlation between income and Internet usage. The “ConnectHome” program coincides with President Obama’s initiative to connect 99 percent of classrooms and libraries to the Internet.

In its initial phase expansion, broadband will reach more than 275,000 low-income households nationwide, including more than 200,000 children.

“Internet access is vital to success both inside and outside the classroom for children in this modern age,” said City of Cleveland Major Frank G. Jackson in a news release. “All children, regardless of income, should have access to the same tools and wealth of knowledge necessary to further their education and develop skill sets for a given career.”

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