"PHLConnectED is part of the first stage of our larger digital equity initiative that supports internet adoption and digital literacy skills development for all Philadelphia residents. By focusing on K-12 student households now, we can have an immediate impact in bridging the digital divide, especially to support distance learning for the upcoming school year"
PHLConnectED will connect up to 35,000 K-12 school student households with internet service and laptops. The program, which focuses on School District of Philadelphia and charter school students, will also provide digital skills training and support.
There are three core components of PHLConnectED:
- Wired, high-speed, reliable internet to the home from Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, or a high-speed mobile hotspot from T-Mobile for families who are housing-insecure.
- Distribution of devices, such as chromebooks, tablets, or computers.
- Digital skills training and tech support.
The PHLConnectED program is possible thanks to collaboration among business and civic leaders who came together to support Philadelphia students.