77
      Wednesday
      90 / 75
      Thursday
      85 / 72
      Friday
      83 / 67

      Connect-to-Compete initiative bringing broadband to low-income households

      NEW YORK (AP) — As part of a federal effort to get more U.S. homes connected to broadband, cable companies will offer Internet service for $9.95 per month to homes with children that are eligible for school lunches, starting next summer.

      Federal regulators are announcing Wednesday that they've cobbled together a consortium of businesses and non-profit organizations to cut the number of U.S. homes that don't have broadband, now at one third, or about 35 million homes.

      The initiative, called "Connect-to-Compete," also includes Microsoft, which pledges to sell PCs with its Office suite for $250 to low-income families.

      Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski says poor households are less likely to be connected to broadband, hampering them in job searches and job applications.