President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that he is putting more money toward internet access and the use of smartphones for military families.
The president is set to announce his proposal in a White House ceremony, the White House said in a statement.
The president is seeking to increase access to high-speed internet for military family members, veterans and their families in an effort to increase economic opportunity and job creation, according to the White President’s Council on Women and Girls.
He is also expected to announce a new federal program, known as the Internet Access Fund, that will provide $10 billion to states, tribes and community organizations to help them build out broadband networks.
While the fund is intended to create jobs and boost economic growth, the money will also be spent to help families access broadband.
The White House statement said the money would be spent on projects that include expanding access to broadband in rural areas and expanding broadband access to veterans.
“We’re committed to making sure that every American has access to the internet and to every American who wants it,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.
“The internet is an essential tool for every American to be able to do business, to build careers and to have a quality of life that is just as good as it was 15 years ago.”
The internet has become a major driver of job growth and job growth is on the rise, as more Americans use smartphones and other digital tools.
But the Obama administration has said the internet needs to be built up for military and veterans and for people in remote areas where broadband is not available.
Obama’s plan will also include a $50 billion increase in funding for schools and colleges to help more young people find jobs.
More: In a separate announcement Wednesday, Obama is also slated to announce that he will create a $3 billion national infrastructure fund to build broadband infrastructure for the next five years.
Obama is set on raising funds for the national broadband fund through a new sales tax on digital goods and services and a new gas tax on carbon emissions.
In recent years, Republicans have criticized the Obama Administration for slow internet service for military households.
Obama has said he wants to make the internet accessible to every household.
Some Republicans have questioned the president’s request for $5 billion in the budget.
But White House officials have said the president is working to make internet access a priority in his second term, noting that the budget includes $1.9 trillion in infrastructure spending over the next decade.