AT&T Brings Fiber Broadband Connectivity to Support Underserved Populations in Chicago

AT&T Blog Team
October 10, 2022
Broadband Access and Affordability


AT&T Brings Fiber Broadband Connectivity to Support Underserved Populations in Chicago

Past the fruits and vegetables in the food pantry, local residents visiting New Life Centers of Chicagoland will now find new computers and free high-speed internet.

AT&T has launched a new Connected Learning Center in Chicago – this time in the Little Village neighborhood on the southwest side. Chicago’s first Connected Learning Center is housed in Marillac St. Vincent Family Services on the City’s west side. These two learning centers are part of our $2 billion commitment from 2021-2023 to help bridge the digital divide.

The launch of this Connected Learning Center falls within AT&T’s month-long “Bridge to Possibility: Closing the digital divide, together” campaign. The campaign aims to drive awareness of the challenges caused by the digital divide and the collective response needed to address it. Bridging the digital divide requires businesses, nonprofits and government to come together for a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring high-quality connectivity to millions of people that need it most.

New Life Centers Executive Director Matt DeMateo:

“Every time we bring families into this space, their jaws drop to the floor because they realize that this space is for us. We tell them this was built for you and it’s going to be here for years to come.”

This new Connected Learning Center will provide:

  • High-speed AT&T Fiber internet, Wi-Fi and computers
  • Education, tutoring and mentoring resources for local underserved students and community members.

We are also contributing $50,000 to support the center.

Learn more about our commitment to bridging the digital divide, as well as the great work New Life Centers is doing to support its neighbors, in the video below.