PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Low-income families in Rhode Island are eligible for reduced-price computers and Internet access through a new program that aims to eliminate the digital disadvantages of growing up poor.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa highlighted the initiative Wednesday. The project is a joint effort by Cox Communications and Connect2Compete, a national nonprofit that works to bridge what it calls the "digital divide."
Under the program, families with at least one child receiving free school lunch are eligible for reduced-cost Internet access and low-cost refurbished computers.
Figures show that 29 percent of households in Rhode Island do not have access to the Internet.
Chafee, a Democrat, says Internet access not only helps students succeed academically but also prepares them for their futures.