- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - The town of Chapel Hill is launching a program which will provide free high-speed Internet to residents of public housing.

Local media outlets report the program will reach eight of the town’s 13 public housing neighborhoods by the end of the year. AT&T; is providing the service for five years. The company is participating in the program as part of an agreement with the N.C. Next Generation Network, an initiative of several municipalities and research universities.

Officials announced the program on Friday.

In addition, Chapel Hill public housing residents ages 14 and up can get a free, refurbished laptop if they complete a four-part computer training class.

A 2014 survey of Chapel Hill public housing found that one out of every four households reported having no Internet access at home.

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