Los Angeles Unified and AT&T Bring High-Speed ​​Internet to Student Homes to Bridge the Digital Divide

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

LOS ANGELES, May 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — What’s the news? Los Angeles Unified School District and AT&T* provide high-speed broadband to students’ homes at no cost to their families. As we reimagine the future of education, connectivity is the new pen and paper. And thanks to this joint effort, more students and households in Los Angeles have the reliable internet needed to fully participate in education and digital life.

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

In February, the Unified Superintendent of Los Angeles 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, which was created to ensure that every student has access to the right technology tools, high-quality connectivity on and off campus, and the necessary digital literacy. to progress in a digital world.

“In an era where teaching and learning are increasingly digital, access to reliable high-speed internet is, quite simply, a human right,” Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho mentioned. “As educators, we have a responsibility to ensure that every student has the tools to access all available learning opportunities, and that includes reliable, 24-hour internet access on and off campus. Without reliable Internet access, our students don’t have what they need to learn. It’s as simple as that. Los Angeles Unified is relentless in our efforts to equip our students with the resources they need to reach their full academic potential.

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

Why is this important? Even before the pandemic, education IT leaders have Express increased concern over students’ home access to reliable internet connectivity, often referred to as the “Homework Gap”. Without adequate internet access, students may experience slow connectivity issues and with multiple students in a household, the problem worsens. In Los Angeles County, 19% of households either don’t have a connection or rely on smartphones for internet connectivity.

This is where fast, reliable internet is essential, inside and outside the classroom. The Los Angeles Unified program will provide families with access to high-speed AT&T Internet services, including download and upload speeds of up to 1 GIG with AT&T FIBER®, so learning doesn’t slow down. High-speed Internet is changing the way families work, learn, live and play, creating economic opportunity and stronger communities.

Who is eligible for this program?

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

How do qualified families register?

For more information on the All Families Connected program, including how to register, visit reach.lausd.net/connect or call 213.443.1300.

How AT&T is helping bridge the digital divide by Los Angeles?

AT&T continues to help make the Internet more affordable for educational institutions, libraries, and government entities to connect students, teachers, library patrons, and underserved families across the country, including Los Angeles.

The company also has announced in december that it is opening three new AT&T Connected Learning Centers in Los Angeles providing Internet access and educational tools to those facing connectivity barriers critical to their long-term success. AT&T has already opened a center at the Coalition for Responsible Community Development’s YouthSource Center. The next one opens today at the Salvadoran American Leadership & Education Fund (SALEF) and the Vermont Slauson EDC Technology Training Center is slated for later this year.

Once connected, AT&T recognizes the importance of free digital education and mentoring tools that help families learn the skills needed to use the Internet safely and effectively. That’s why AT&T offers free digital literacy lessons and workshops with the Public Library Association and free online safety tips and tools through AT&T ScreenReady®. Additionally, AT&T launched a digital learning platform for K-12 students called, The realization, created by AT&T, which features clips from some of the most popular movies, TV shows and animated series, combined with lessons and learning activities created by nonprofit organizations in the education sector. AT&T employees also help by providing tutoring and mentoring to students and families within Connected Learning Centers.

In addition to community investments in Los Angeles, AT&T also continues to invest in bringing fiber and connectivity to this area. From 2018 to 2020, the company expanded coverage and improved connectivity with a $2.7 billion investment in wireless and wired networks in the great Los Angeles Region. In the state of CaliforniaAT&T Fiber spans over 8 million miles of fiber strands.

*About AT&T

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

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