AT&T Announces $100 Million Internet Access, Technology Initiative

AT&T Announces $100 Million Internet Access, Technology Initiative

AT&T, Inc. and its philanthropic arm, the AT&T Foundation, have announced a three-year, $100 million program to provide in-home Internet and technology access to low-income families and underserved communities across the country.

Through the AT&T AccessAll program, the company will provide technology packages, including Internet access, to fifty thousand low-income families in collaboration with One Economy Corporation, Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and nonprofit providers of services for low-income families. The initiative will also supply families with one-on-one technology instruction in many locations through its AT&T Pioneers program, through which active and retired employees perform community outreach projects.

The initiative is funded by approximately $70 million in grants and contributions from AT&T and the foundation and a $30 million in-kind donation of Internet access from the company. Other partners include Dell, Siemens, Intel, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

"We are committed to making affordable technology available to as many homes as possible, and AT&T AccessAll will make a positive impact on underserved communities for many years to come," said AT&T chairman and CEO Edward E. Whitacre. "We will continue to invest in next-generation technologies and in programs that help people of all backgrounds benefit from the opportunities created by technology."