Why is this important? In New Orleans, it’s estimated that more than 1,800 K-12 students1 don’t have access to the internet or computers at home to benefit from the online world, and nearly 22 million seniors2 nationwide lack internet connection at home – an issue known as the digital divide.
“Access to internet connectivity is essential for so many areas of daily life, which is why my administration set a goal of closing the digital divide by 2029. This work is a priority for governments at all levels, for our business community, and for non-profits and community organizations across the state,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “I applaud AT&T and the Urban League of Louisiana for coming together to connect more Louisianans to the resources they need to fully participate in our digital world.”
“The men and women of AT&T are committed to the communities across Louisiana where we live and work, and our commitment goes beyond expanding and enhancing our wired and wireless networks,” said David Aubrey, president, AT&T Louisiana. “We are also committed to supporting the community organizations – like the Urban League of Louisiana – that are building stronger communities and better futures.”
“We are proud to work with AT&T on this new Connected Learning Center to provide internet access and digital resources to those who need it most,” said Judy Reese Morse, President and CEO, Urban League of Louisiana. “As we continue to celebrate the Urban League of Louisiana’s 85th anniversary this year, this new center is a major milestone that will help us provide our community with even more opportunities to succeed.”
AT&T opens these centers within local nonprofit organizations that are already adept at supporting underserved populations within their community, including some of our nation’s most vulnerable students and families.