AT&T, Boys & Girls Clubs Working to Help Bridge Digital Divide
Why is this important?
The digital divide impacts millions without an internet connection. With connectivity fueling nearly everything we do, strong communities and equitable opportunities for all people depend on access to high-performance connectivity they can afford – and the digital literacy resources that promote its safe and effective use.
Bridging the digital divide requires businesses, nonprofits and government to come together to bring high-quality connectivity to millions of people that need it most. High-quality connectivity that is affordable, as well as the digital skills and resources, are crucial to thrive in our modern world.
What else should I know?
These efforts, and more, are part of AT&T’s “Bridge to Possibility” campaign, focused on driving awareness of the challenges caused by the digital divide and the collective response needed to address it. Efforts included:
- Launching AT&T Fiber in Vanderburgh County, Indiana, as part of a public-private partnership to deliver high-speed internet to more than 20,000 homes and businesses located in unincorporated parts of the county.
- AT&T employees participating in activities to help bridge the digital divide, including distributing more than 1,000 refurbished laptop computers and rolling up their sleeves to help beautify CLCs in several cities. These efforts built on our recently announced commitment of more than $10 million to support the distribution of more than 26,000 free computers to students and families in need.
- Free digital literacy workshops hosted by employees throughout October to help newly connected parents, caregivers and families gain the skills and confidence they need to use technology leveraging resources developed in collaboration with the Public Library Association.
AT&T Connected Learning Centers complement the company’s participation in low-cost service programs like Access from AT&T and the federal Affordable Connectivity Program by giving qualifying households the skills and resources needed to experience the full benefits of connectivity.
As part of its ongoing commitment to championing digital inclusion for underserved communities, Dell Technologies donates Dell OptiPlex computers and Dell monitors which feature integrated audio and webcams to support virtual learning. At our currently open CLCs, Overland-Tandberg, a leading global technology and IT services company and a Black-owned company part of AT&T’s Supplier Diversity Initiative, provided the onsite configuration of the computers.
Learn more at att.com/connectedlearning.