Driving Opportunity Through Improved Connection in Motor City

AT&T Blog Team
March 17, 2022
Broadband Access and Affordability


Driving Opportunity Through Improved Connection in Motor City

Located in Detroit’s Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood – situated on Detroit’s east side – our Connected Learning Center is providing local students and community members with:

  1. High-speed AT&T Fiber internet and Wi-Fi
  2. Dell Technologies computers
  3. Education, tutoring, and mentoring resources

With deep roots in music, auto, and activism, we’re committed to seeing the spirit of Detroit elevated and invigorated through this initiative, aimed at equipping learners with skills, resources, and opportunities for success.

  • Improved connection in the East Jefferson corridor can help increase access to jobs, schooling and more while also preserving the diverse communities in the Detroit area.
  • These investments are crucial, particularly for the estimated 25 percent of Detroiters who don’t have access to the internet.

“In an increasingly digital world, technology and connectivity resources are more important now than ever. This will provide the much-needed support for underserved Detroiters while helping close the digital divide.” – Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)

And thanks to Jefferson East Inc. (JEI), an organization working to build inclusive neighborhoods in the area, we were able to steer the Connected Learning Center to its new home in JEI’s Neighborhood Resource Hub.

“AT&T has been a great corporate partner of ours. They did a $100,000 investment to help support the renovation of the Neighborhood Resource Hub. And just recently, a $50,000 contribution to help operate the Connected Learning Center. So, a huge investment by AT&T to really tackle digital divide issues here within the city of Detroit.” – Josh Elling, CEO, Jefferson East Inc.

Whether it’s by making it easier to launch a business or simply connect with neighbors to engage in the community, we believe increased connectivity can rev up many benefits for Detroit communities.

But the launch of Detroit’s first AT&T Connected Learning Center is just a small part of our $2 billion commitment from 2021-2023 to help bridge the digital divide.

  • We’re working with non-profit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to help more individuals in Detroit gain digital skills and access to technology. Read more about that here.
  • We’re also making broadband more affordable, including by driving down the cost of home internet for eligible households to a monthly rate of $0. This free option is made possible by combining a new plan from our low-cost Access from AT&T program with federal benefits from the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).
  • You can learn about more ways we’re helping narrow the homework gap at att.com/connectedlearning.

We know that no two communities are the same, which is why we’re hard at work engaging with and investing in communities across the country to help make broadband more accessible and affordable for all.