Los Angeles Unified and AT&T Deliver High-Speed ​​Internet to Dorms to Bridge the Digital Divide

Broadband at speeds of up to 1 GIG is provided to families for free through the FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund

THE ANGELSMay 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — What’s the news? Los Angeles Unified School District and AT&T* offer high-speed broadband in students’ homes at no cost to their families. As we reshape the future of education, connectivity is the new pen and paper. And through this joint effort, more students and households get The Angels will have the reliable internet necessary to fully participate in education and digital life.

This is an investment in high-speed internet to build a brighter future for Los Angeles Unified students and their families. The program is funded through the FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund through: June 2023 and the district is exploring options to make longer-term services available to students in need.

In February, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho announced its 100-Day Plan to Expand High-Quality Academic Opportunities at Los Angeles Unified. As part of its plan, the district is launching the “All Families Connected” program, designed to ensure every student has access to the right technology tools, high-quality connectivity on and off campus, and the digital literacy they need to make progress in a digital world.

“At a time when teaching and learning are becoming increasingly digital, access to reliable high-speed internet is simply a human right,” he says. chief inspector Alberto M. Carvalho said. “As educators, we have a responsibility to ensure that every student has the tools they need to access every available learning opportunity, and that includes reliable Internet access around the clock, on and off campus. Without reliable Internet access, our students don’t have what they need to learn. It’s that simple. Los Angeles Unified is relentless in our efforts to equip our students with the resources they need to reach their full academic potential.”

“We applaud Superintendent Carvalho and his team for creating a program that will bring Internet to the homes of Los Angeles Unified students who are not connected to high-speed Internet today,” said Rhonda JohnsonchairAT&T California† “We know that learning doesn’t just happen in physical classrooms, so reliable connectivity at home is critical for students to thrive today and in the future. This collaborative effort is another example of how public-private partnerships can play a vital role in connecting us California communities.”

Why is this important? Even prior to the pandemic, education IT leaders have raised concerns about students’ home access to reliable internet connectivity, often referred to as the homework gap. Without adequate internet access, students can experience slow connectivity issues and with multiple students in a household, the problem gets worse. In Los Angeles County19% of households are disconnected or rely on smartphones for internet connectivity.

That’s where fast and reliable internet is critical, both inside and outside the classroom. The Los Angeles Unified Program gives families access to super-fast AT&T Internet services, including upload and download speeds of up to 1 GIG with AT&T FIBER®, so that learning doesn’t slow down. High-speed internet is changing the way families work, learn, live and play, creating economic opportunities and stronger communities.

Who is eligible for this program?

Families with students who are currently enrolled in a Los Angeles Unified School District school and who currently do not have broadband at home are eligible for this program.

How do qualified families register?

For more information about the “All Families Connected” program, including how to sign up, visit achievement.lausd.net/connect or call 213.443.1300.

How does AT&T help bridge the digital divide? The Angels

AT&T continues to help make the Internet more affordable for educational institutions, libraries and government agencies to connect students, educators, library users and disadvantaged families across the country. The Angels

The company also announced in December that it is opening three new AT&T Connected Learning Centers in The Angels to provide Internet access and educational resources for those who encounter connectivity barriers essential to their long-term success. AT&T has already opened a center in the YouthSource Center of the Coalition for Responsible Community Development. The next one opens today at the Salvadoran American Leadership & Education Fund (SALEF) and the Vermont Slauson EDC Technology Training Center is scheduled to open later this year.

Once connected, AT&T recognizes the importance of free digital education and mentoring tools that help families acquire the skills needed to use the Internet safely and effectively. That’s why AT&T, in partnership with the Public Library Association, offers free digital literacy courses and workshops and free online safety tips and resources through AT&T ScreenReady®. In addition, AT&T has launched a digital learning platform for K-12 students, The Achievery, created by AT&T, featuring clips from some of the best-loved movies, TV shows and animated series combined with lessons and learning activities created by leading non-profit organizations in the field. of education. AT&T employees also help by tutoring and mentoring the students and families within the Connected Learning Centers.

In addition to community investment in The AngelsAT&T also continues to invest to bring fiber and connectivity to this area. From 2018-2020, the company expanded coverage and improved connectivity by nearly $2.7 billion investments in wireless and wired networks in the larger The Angels region. In the state of CaliforniaAT&T Fiber covers more than 8 million fiber strand miles.

*About AT&T

We help more than 100 million American families, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to our 5G wireless and multi-gig internet offerings today, we @ATT innovate to improve lives. For more information about AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) to about.att.com. Investors can find more information at investor.att.com.

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