Charter is committed to being part of a comprehensive solution to close the technology divide.
- To increase access to broadband, we are expanding our network, connecting more than 1.5 million new homes and businesses – about a third in rural areas – in the past two years alone.
- To make broadband more accessible for low-income learners and seniors, we offer Spectrum Internet Assist, an industry-leading high-speed, low-cost broadband service for qualified customers.
- To increase adoption and access to technology, we offer philanthropic support to community organizations, including through our Spectrum Digital Education Grant program, which provides computers, digital education classes, and technology labs for thousands across the country.
This year, we’ve doubled our Spectrum Digital Education support and boosted the number of organizations receiving grants as part of a multiyear initiative to support broadband training and technology.
“Through Spectrum Digital Education, Charter is helping to bridge the digital divide in local communities where our customers live and work. Providing these resources, with the help of our community nonprofit partners, allows us to empower those in need and further our mission to give individuals the necessary tools to excel in the digital age, skills that are more important than ever during this challenging time.”
Recipients include nonprofits working to empower low-income residents in towns and cities, boost small businesses in rural areas, provide computer assistance to senior citizens, and organizations that meet educational needs for children, including those experiencing homelessness and remote learning challenges. Additional information on Charter’s Community Impact initiatives is available here and below.
Charter + EveryoneOn: Partnering through Philanthropic Support and to Provide Foster Youth with Laptop Computers
EveryoneOn is a Spectrum Digital Education grant recipient dedicated to creating social and economic opportunity by connecting low-income families to affordable internet service and computers and by delivering digital skills trainings.
To help under-resourced foster youth, Charter partnered with EveryoneOn and Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to meet the immediate demand from students in need of devices for online distance learning.
“Now more than ever, we need to work together to ensure equal access to technology and eliminate the digital divide,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “I applaud EveryoneOn, Spectrum, and the Alliance for Children’s Rights for teaming up to provide laptops to foster youth in need and for their commitment to digital education.”
Working with the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Children’s Law Center to identify students in need, Charter and EveryoneOn distributed 100 laptop computers to Los Angeles-area foster youths. To ensure the event was fully compliant with all state and local health mandates, it featured drive-thru distribution. During the event, EveryoneOn was officially presented with a Spectrum Digital Education grant award of $25,000. The event also helped build awareness of our high-speed, low-cost broadband offering, Spectrum Internet Assist.