NAACP starts project to bring high-speed web access to poverty stricken areas in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - What's being touted as a first step toward bringing free high-speed internet to areas of St. Louis that right now are home to some of the area's deepest poverty.

FOX 2's George Sells tells us many believe the project is a bridge across a technology divide.

It is a day at the Clinton Peabody public housing project for providing tools.  Tools to get high-speed web access and how to make the best use of it once you've got it.

The NAACP's digital pathway initiative is designed to bring high-speed web access to low-income areas.  The Clinton-Peabody neighborhood community center in the will be first.

Access for residents that should be done by summer, then they'll try to hit other neighborhoods.  The key: keeping the cost low so it can be free to the poor.

As the installation of hardware goes on, they'll be installing knowledge in the young people who live here.  Saturday they're designing apps that they will have built before nightfall.

The focus of getting high-speed web access is going hand in hand with getting jobs, along with computer literacy in this age of technology.