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Fund established to close digital divide in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials in Nashville have announced a fund to provide free or low-cost digital access to people in the city who don't have it.

Mayor Karl Dean's office said in a news release Tuesday that more than 40 percent of Metro Nashville Public Schools students didn't have access to computers or Internet connectivity at home in 2012.

Dean said in the release that prevents too many people from having the knowledge that will take residents into the future.

Dean and representatives of Google, Comcast, the James Stephen Turner Family Foundation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dell, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and others announced Tuesday the Digital Inclusion Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Metro Government put $100,000 into the fund, and matching donations brought it to $400,000.