- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Rockford civic and business leaders are studying ways to increase Internet access for poor families.

The Rockford Register Star reports that (https://bit.ly/1gIb2GN ) the city was one of 28 communities nationwide chose to participate in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development initiative.

Over the next two weeks, leaders will try to identify the size of the so-called “digital divide” and ways to increase high-speed Internet access for the poor.

Rockford was chosen because its percentage of people in poverty, low educational attainment and the need for more job training and digital literacy.

Home Internet access is helpful for students and for adults seeking jobs.

Rockford Housing Authority CEO Ron Clewer says officials want to figure out how to form partnerships to provide access.

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