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President Obama announces Meriden selected for high-speed internet program

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MERIDEN — President Barack Obama set a goal of bringing high-speed Internet to most schools by 2017.

And on Wednesday, he went to Oklahoma to announce a new program — called ConnectHome — to help close the digital divide by bringing faster Internet to more people.

Under the pilot program, the White House says communities, the private sector and the federal government will collaborate to make high-speed Internet available to more families.

Meriden is one of 27 cities nationwide chosen for the program.

Here is the full list of communities involved:

Albany, GA; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Baton Rouge, LA; Boston, MA; Camden, NJ; Choctaw Nation, OK; Cleveland, OH; Denver, CO; Durham, NC; Fresno, CA; Kansas City, MO; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; Macon, GA; Memphis, TN; Meriden, CT; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Newark, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Rockford, IL; San Antonio, TX; Seattle, WA; Springfield, MA; Tampa, FL; and Washington, DC.

The White House says the initiative will help more than 275,000 low-income households, including nearly 200,000 children, get on the Internet at home.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.