This week the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced a $3 million grant to Connect2Compete, a national public-private partnership focused on bridging the digital divide.
Combined with previous funding, this Knight grant takes Connect2Compete more than a third of the way toward its initial three-year goal to raise $20 million to provide low-cost internet access, digital literacy training and refurbished computers to low-income U.S. families.
Coming soon from C2C will be a national pilot program involving 1,000 U.S. communities in 22 states. This program will offer low-cost broadband Internet and reduced-cost laptops to qualifying families, as well as digital literacy learning opportunities.
Under a small prototype of this program earlier this year, more than 1,400 San Diego families took advantage of C2C's low-cost broadband access and computer offerings.
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