We believe all Americans should be connected to the future. That belief is at the core of our $2 billion commitment from 2021-2024 to help close the digital divide and expand broadband access.
As part of that commitment, we launched AT&T Connected Learning Centers to help bridge the digital divide in education for underserved students and their families across the U.S. In 2021, we opened several new Connected Learning Centers in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Cleveland. These centers are dedicated learning spaces within non-profit community organizations that provide free access to high-speed AT&T Fiber internet and Wi-Fi, computers, digital literacy and educational resources to help students and families participate in online learning, look for jobs, access virtual healthcare and more.
AT&T employee Dwight Styles, a Systems Technician who helped set up our first Connected Learning Center in Dallas, has seen firsthand what centers like these mean for families in his community and around the country.
“I connect internet every day, but these particular jobs are near and dear to my heart,” explained Dwight, who has 25 years on the job with AT&T. “I’m very proud to work for a company that gives back to the community – especially the community that I live in.”
We’re proud that our Connected Learning Centers are already helping students and families in underserved communities. And we know there’s a lot more work to be done to help close the digital divide for people in every community. By bringing the resources of state and local governments and AT&T together, we look forward to continuing to improve broadband access and adoption across America.
Want to learn more? See what else AT&T is doing to help expand internet access to Americans in need and how we can fast-track the closing of the digital divide.