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By KCBD Staff

Published: May. 20, 2024 at 6:01 PM CDT|Updated: May. 21, 2024 at 10:17 PM CDT

LUBBOCK, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) – AT&T and Human I-T are providing the Lubbock United Way and the Young Women’s Christian Association Lubbock (YWCA Lubbock) with 155 refurbished laptops to distribute to Lubbock students in need.

U.S. Census Bureau data indicate almost 2.8 million Texas households and 7 million people lack broadband access. Twenty three percent of Texans are unable to attend online classes, see a healthcare provider from their living room, fill out a job application online, start a business or access online marketplaces from their kitchen table. On a national scale, more than one-third (35%) of U.S households lack connection to the internet.

“Today’s laptop distribution will help bridge the digital divide for 155 students in Lubbock, which is critical in our ever-connected society,” said Texas state Rep. Dustin Burrows. “With their own computer, these students can more effectively navigate and use the many educational, economic and other tools and resources readily available online. I greatly appreciate AT&T, Human-I-T, the Lubbock Area United Way and the YWCA Lubbock for their collaboration to support local students and help bridge the digital divide in this community.”

“We are very grateful to AT&T and Human-I-T for the 155 refurbished laptops that we are distributing today to local students,” said Amanda McAfee, President & CEO, Lubbock Area United Way. “Having regular access to a computer will improve our students’ opportunities for learning and connections online and provide them the tools they need to succeed.”

“With these 155 computers, our students can submit homework, research information or complete assignments online,” said Glenda Mathis, CEO, YWCA Lubbock. “Having access to a computer is no longer a luxury in today’s society, and we appreciate AT&T and Human-I-T for supporting our local students and their education.”

“Access to a computer is a key component to bridging the digital divide for students and families,” said Leslie Ward, President, AT&T Texas. “We are proud to collaborate with organizations like the Lubbock Area United Way, YWCA Lubbock and Human-I-T to help close the digital divide for local Lubbock students.”

This effort is part of the AT&T Connected Learning® initiative to help address the digital divide through internet accessibility, affordability and safe adoption

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