AT&T announced today that it would pledge $100 million worth of free broadband access to various “educational websites, applications and services” in order to aid middle-schoolers and their tutors alike. According to the company, the free broadband access will allow tablets and mobile devices to be used for more educational purposes. AT&T’s project, which is set to last three years, will “support student learning in new and more effective ways”.
AT&T’s program is part of President Obama’s ConnectED project, which purpose is to “build high-speed digital connections to America’s schools and libraries”. Both the US government and the private sector cooperate in the ConnectED project.
“The most important investment we can make to drive long-term prosperity for our country is finding smart new ways to make technology work for schools, teachers and students,” claims Jim Cicconi, who is AT&T’s senior executive vice president of external and legilsative affairs. “Providing access to mobile broadband for educational purposes and the tools teachers need to help their students excel is a foundational building block to improving educational results.”
The telecommunication giant is also set to invest nearly $350 million for education as a part of its Aspire program. Launched back in 2008, its purpose is to help disadvantaged students graduate high school and get into college or find a suitable job afterwards. The company says that more than 1 million students across the USA have been affected thanks to the Aspire initiative.
Source : PhoneArena