AT&T is committed to bridging the digital divide.
Cammy Blackstone, AT&T’s director of external affairs, says: “Right now, everyone needs to be online. It’s impossible to stay connected with family and friends without internet access. Whether people need to access vital resources, find meaningful employment, or even just watch entertainment, people have to be online.”
As a proud partner of Community Tech Network, AT&T has funded our efforts in various capacities over the past several years. This year, CTN received a $20,000 grant from AT&T to support our work with the SF Bridge Digital Equity Program.
Cammy has also volunteered her time in numerous workshops and worked alongside CTN staff to help people sign up for the Affordable Connectivity Program and AT&T Access, which offer discounted internet services.
“CTN is doing such a great job. They’re on the ground and working with folks who really need it. They’ve really built an amazing organization over the years: they’re well respected and have a great track record,” says Cammy.
She goes on to add: “CTN is great to have as a partner. They’re so nimble. For example, during the pandemic, CTN was determined to help isolated seniors by getting them tablets and providing them with remote digital literacy training through the Home Connect program. It’s amazing how fast they put everything in place.”
Aside from funding CTN, AT&T has been working to promote digital equity in various ways — donating Chromebooks to students, providing hotspots, and partnering with other nonprofits. Says Cammy: “Everyone needs internet access, and we’re proud to do our part. My dream is for every single person to be connected to high-speed internet and have reliable access at home. We’re working on this every day.”
She continues, “We’re here and we want to be partners with CTN for a long time.”