PSP’s Jump-Start Fund Contributes to Citywide Plan to Provide Internet Access
The City of Philadelphia has launched PHLConnectED, a collaboration of business, nonprofit, philanthropic, and civic institutions to connect up to 35,000 low-income K-12 student households with free internet service through a combination of Comcast broadband and T-Mobile hotspots. Schools across the city have committed to providing Chromebooks or other devices to families that need them, and PHLConnectED will provide digital skills training and tech support for families.
PSP helped spearhead the collaboration and development of this program, and the Jump-Start Philly Schools Fund pledged $1 million toward the citywide internet initiative. Funded by Janine and Jeff Yass (The Susquehanna Foundation) and other Philadelphia area donors, the Jump-Start Fund was organized by the PSP in April to support families in the pivot to virtual learning by providing 15,000 Chromebooks.
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