(Washington, DC) Today, EveryoneOn and Connect.DC pledged to connect one thousand District of Columbia households to broadband Internet by September 2015. In addition to getting more District residents online, EveryoneOn and Connect.DC will work together to distribute 500 computers to those in need. Connect.DC has also set aside $25,000 to subsidize the costs of the routers, computers, and other devices.
“The economic health of our communities depends on having a technologically skilled workforce. Students and workers who lack basic technology skills risk being left behind in the digital economy. What is more, the widespread application of technology in people’s daily lives can save taxpayers money,” said Rob Mancini, District Chief Technology Officer. “The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) is reaching out through public-private partnerships to leverage new and existing resources at the local and federal levels to provide modern technology. Our partnership with EveryoneOn to support low cost offers is one such partnership.”
Created by OCTO in 2010, Connect.DC works to bridge the digital divide by making technology more accessible, affordable and relevant to District residents. Approximately 150,000, or roughly twenty-five percent of District residents lack home Internet access, according to recently published Federal Communications Commission data. Rates are higher among low-income and minority households.
“This partnership will allow more District residents to take full advantage of high-speed Internet access to pursue individual learning, find work, access government services, connect with their neighbors and community leaders, and participate in other activities that will improve the quality of life for themselves and their communities,” said Zach Leverenz, Chief Executive Officer of EveryoneOn. “Together, we’ll quickly develop and implement strategies to meet the unique needs of unconnected residents of the District of Columbia.”
EveryoneOn offers unlimited home Internet service for as low $10 per month to 36 million qualified Americans through national partnerships with leading cable and wireless Internet service providers. Individuals can also purchase discounted, refurbished devices, including $150 tablets and $199 laptops, all of which come with free software and tech support. EveryoneOn works with libraries and nonprofits to advertise free computer and Internet courses at over 8,000 training sites across the United States.
EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet, computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. For more information, visit www.everyoneon.org
Created by the DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) in 2010, Connect.DC works to bridge the digital divide by making technology easier to use, more accessible, more affordable, and more relevant to the everyday lives of District residents and organizations. Together with our partners, we are working to ensure everyone in DC can take full advantage of everything technology has to offer. For more information, visit www.connect.dc.gov.
Sheila Dugan (571) 275-9025
Jill Melnicki (202) 442-3201