Coalition aims to close digital divide for HUD households

As part of this program, Microsoft, Dell and Intel agreed to match federal government spending toward new computer purchases for low-income households.

Working through HUD lets the coalition help low-income families living in multi-family and project-based Section 8 housing get access to broadband, he said.

"The broadband adoption gap in HUD is often the biggest," Eisner told The Hill. "These are the poorest of the poor, where the average family income is slightly north of $12,000 a year."

The coalition has also had preliminary discussions with the Department of Education and the Social Security Administration.

According to the Commerce Department, 35 percent of American households do not have broadband at home and low adoption rates are mostly found in low-income communities.

The Federal Communications Commission's National Broadband Plan called for more public-private partnerships to address the digital divide and adoption gaps.