AT&T recently contributed $10 million and employee time to help nonprofit processors bridge the digital divide.
In late October, the telecom giant’s employees volunteered with Compudopt and Human-I-T to distribute more than 1,000 free laptops to students and families across the country, including in Dallas, Detroit and Atlanta, according to a press release. Compudopt is a Houston-based group that provides free computers and programming to under-resourced youth, and Human-I-T refurbishes donated technology to give to low-income individuals and nonprofits.
Working with the tech refurb nonprofit groups, AT&T will help provide a total of 26,000 computers to those in need, part of the company’s $2 billion commitment, announced in 2021, to address the digital divide.
That breaks down to $5.1 million to Compudopt to provide 10,000 computers and $5 million to Human-I-T to distribute at least 16,000 fully subsidized computers and at least 1,000 virtual vouchers for $100 discounts on devices.
Mylayna Albright, assistant vice president of corporate social responsibility at AT&T, said in the press release that computers are the key to minimizing the digital divide.
“As learning becomes increasingly digital, students without a computer at home can fall behind in school and beyond,” Albright said. “We are proud to support these two nonprofits that are doing incredibly important work in communities across the country to get free computers into the hands of people who need them most.”
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