DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced the Internet for All initiative that will provide free internet access for up to 25,000 low-income students and families from DC Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools.
The District has launched a total of $3.3 million for the initiative, which is designed to help eligible families for the 2020-2021 School Year.
“During this virtual school term, we know how critical it is for all of our students to have internet access to successfully learn at home and stay connected to their teachers outside of the classroom,” said Mayor Bowser.
“This investment continues our commitment not only to supporting families during virtual school term, but also to building a more digitally-inclusive DC in the long-term.”
The project is coordinated by the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). They will bring broadband to homes through Comcast’s Internet Essentials and RCN’s Internet First programs.
“The COVID-19 pandemic amplified the need for bridging the digital divide in Washington, DC,” said Chief Technology Officer Lindsey Parker.
“As schools begin classes online, students without regular access to the internet are at a severe disadvantage. The Bowser Administration is committed to work with our partners and our community to break this cycle and create a fair shot for everyone in DC.”
Online classes have started for students in DCPS last week.