Daley Unveils Internet Plan for Underserved Neighborhoods

40 touch-screen computers head to low-income nabes

Mayor Daley is often mentioned as one of the greenest mayors in the country because of his commitment to parks and rooftop gardens.

Now he’s angling for a spot among the country most techie mayors.

Daley unveiled his “Smart Communities” plan to increase broadband Internet access to five of Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods.

Humboldt Park, Pilsen, Auburn Gresham, Chicago Lawn and Englewood neighborhoods would all get planned Internet centers.

Daley thinks it will help low income families get a leg up.

"Technology can enhance all the opportunities as pointed out, improve our knowledge, especially the work skills, expand our economic development, encourage innovation, boost Chicago's ability to compete in a global economy," Daley said.

Hewlitt Packard will handle the installation of about 40 touch-screen computers around the five nabes.

But before work can begin, the City needs to collect some stimulus funds from the Obama administration. They should come through in March, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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