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The city of Los Angeles announced Wednesday, Jan. 13, that it has won a $7 million Recovery Act grant to expand computer and Internet access.

The grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was awarded to the Los Angeles Computer Access Network (L.A.-CAN). It will double the number of workstations available throughout the city at public computer centers in libraries, work-force centers and youth and family centers in low-income and non-English speaking communities. The money will go toward expanding and upgrading 188 computer centers that provide the public with free broadband access to the Internet.

"With access to computers and broadband Internet that many of us take for granted, more Angelenos will have the opportunity to use the tools of the 21st century to get the jobs of the 21st century," L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement. "With this ARRA funding, we will take another step toward bridging the digital divide and getting the hardworking people of Los Angeles back to work."

The project proposes to:

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