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More Than 11,000 DPS Families Provided Free or Low-Cost Internet Access

Contact: Jessie Smiley, Media Relations, Jessie_Smiley@dpsk12.org

Sprint, Comcast and CenturyLink partner with DPS and MyTech to help bridge the digital divide

Denver – Many families throughout Denver are unable to afford home internet access. This can create an opportunity gap for some students. Denver Public Schools’ (DPS) MyTech program is addressing this issue by working to bridge the digital divide.

MyTech, which provides students in 14 DPS schools with one-to-one technology thanks to $10 million in bond funds, looked to community partners to identify options for providing internet access to families throughout the school district. By providing DPS students with the technology tools, the program aims to change that reality by providing equitable access to technology and ensure students graduate with the digital skills necessary to succeed in college, career and life.

On Thursday, Feb. 22, DPS is celebrating the MyTech program and several partner organizations who have made generous donations to help connect Denver families to the internet at little or no cost. The Sprint 1Million Project has donated more than 500 Wi-Fi hotspots and monthly service fees for a year. Comcast’s Internet Essential program offers low-income families access to high-speed internet for $10 per month and CenturyLink has provided many technology grants throughout DPS.

Interview opportunities with students and educators available.

WHAT:
Celebration of donations and efforts to bridge the digital divide for families in DPS

WHO:
Board of Education member Lisa Flores, Chief Operating Officer David Suppes, North High School principal Scott Wolf, students and educators

WHEN:
Thursday, Feb. 22
1 p.m.

WHERE:
North High School
2960 N. Speer Blvd.

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