A public-private partnership to close the digital divide
The Internet Essentials Partnership Program (IEPP) is designed to help accelerate Internet adoption at a critical time. The program provides the opportunity for school districts and other organizations to fund and quickly connect large numbers of students and families to broadband access at home.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, IEPP has already collaborated with hundreds of schools, school districts, and other organizations across the country. The program, which relies on public-private partnerships, enables entire communities to work together to coordinate funding to help connect K-12 students.
Through IEPP, sponsored families have access to all the benefits Internet Essentials has to offer – a high-speed Internet connection at home, the option to purchase a low-cost computer, and access to free digital skills training in person (if safe), online, and in print.
The Internet Essentials Partnership Program not only enables more families to connect to the Internet at home, it also allows community-based partners to bring their expertise to empower families to take on the challenges of today while preparing for the future.