Improving Connectivity and Digital Literacy in Massachusetts

Patricia Jacobs – President, AT&T Northern Region
June 22, 2022
Broadband Access and Affordability

Improving Connectivity and Digital Literacy in Massachusetts

Everyone deserves the opportunity to harness the power of technology, and to do so with confidence.

The past few years have highlighted the importance of connectivity and the barriers that exist in so many places. At AT&T, we have been working to help bring the right technology to the right places to improve connectivity options for students of all ages so that they can achieve their goals. As part of that effort, AT&T committed $2 billion from 2021-2023 to help bridge the digital divide.

But here in Massachusetts, we are making that impact felt in our local communities, in the neighborhoods where we work, live and play.

Last month, AT&T employees joined local officials in Springfield to bring technology and training to residents of all ages.

AT&T donated 200 Chromebooks to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield and joined Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno, State Rep. Carlos Gonazlez and Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield President Vincent Borello to present them to the kids. Club members were challenged to run, walk, bike or swim (anything!) for 10 miles to reach the Ten Mile Club and earn a device. More than 70 kids, aged 6 to 13 years old, rose to the challenge and during the celebration event, each was presented with one of the donated Chromebooks. The remainder of the Chromebooks will be utilized in the Club’s technology lab and given out to other kids through various initiatives. Check out media coverage below:

Having worked with the Springfield Boys & Girls Club before, we knew they would put these devices to good use and do it in a creative, fun way. We’re grateful for the opportunity to support these amazing kids and the great work done by everyone at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield.

AT&T is also continuing our ongoing collaboration with Tech Goes Home, one of the area’s most impactful organizations dedicated to bridging the digital divide. AT&T has supported TGH with more than $200,000 to help spread their program in Boston and into Western Massachusetts.

Tech Goes Home is helping Massachusetts students of all ages gain the knowledge and tools necessary to benefit from the digital world’s extraordinary potential. We’re grateful to Tech Goes Home and the leaders in the City of Boston and beyond, for their commitment and creative approach to addressing the digital divide.

Challenges with connectivity and digital literacy impact all ages. AT&T has been hosting CyberAware online safety and tech training seminars in communities around Massachusetts, most recently in Springfield. With over a dozen older adults in attendance, along with State Representative Carlos Gonzalez and his staff, two AT&T employees presented a scam and fraud prevention workshop in both Spanish and English. Afterwards, an AT&T technician from the Springfield store assisted residents with their tech questions.

A local TV station attended: check out media coverage by Western Mass News (CBS).

Now more than ever it is critical to ensure the right resources are getting into the right hands, and we are honored to work with so many dedicated organizations and public officials. We are committed to continuing this effort in communities across Massachusetts.