UScellular Donates $298,390 in Wireless Hotspots, Service to 2 Omaha Nonprofits
OMAHA, Nebraska (April 21, 2023) – To help provide equitable learning access and opportunities and keep local youth connected, UScellular has donated 165 wireless hotspots and two years of service to Completely KIDS and 100 hotspots and two years of service to Rabble Mill. These donations are worth $298,390 as part of the company’s After School Access Project.
“Rabble Mill will maintain and use the hotspots to provide internet access to our fleet of iPads, which we use to engage with students in digital media programs that includes music, photo, video and design focuses,” Rabble Mill Senior Marketing Director Django Greenblatt-Seay said. “Internet connectivity with iPads is needed to maintain a connection with our mobile device manager, which deploys apps, safeguards students from inappropriate content and provides focus by only allowing them to access the needed apps and content for the program in which they are engaged.”
Currently, more than 40 million people in the United States lack reliable access to high-speed internet. This leads to an issue known as the "homework gap" among youth who lack proper internet access. UScellular's After School Access Project provides free mobile hotspots and service to nonprofits that support youth after the school day has ended and provides safe internet access for homework and education.
“The success of students in the communities we serve is very important to us at UScellular,” said Brandi McCune, UScellular’s director of sales and operations for Nebraska and western Iowa. “Connecting people and communities is our mission, and the After School Access Project is just one way that we’re helping ensure students have the reliable access they need to grow and pursue their dreams.”
UScellular has donated 1,190 hotspots worth nearly $1.7 million to Nebraska nonprofit organizations since the After School Access Project launched in January 2021.
Hotspots are stand-alone Wi-Fi networks that can connect several devices at once wirelessly and have proven to be a vital tool for youth to access the internet, study and complete homework. The hotspots provided through the After School Access Project connect to UScellular’s network to provide high-speed connectivity for youth.
UScellular is focused on addressing gaps in STEM education and is committed to connecting more than 200,000 of tomorrow’s innovators each year with the resources they need today to help shape future opportunities. Since 2009, UScellular has donated nearly $22.6 million along with countless experiences and technology items to nonprofit organizations across the country. For more information about the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, please go to https://newsroom.uscellular.com/community/.
UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to help customers stay connected to the things that matter most. The Chicago-based carrier provides a strong, reliable network supported by the latest technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. Through its After School Access Project, the company has pledged to provide hotspots and service to help up to 50,000 youth connect to reliable internet. Additionally, UScellular has price protected all of its plans, promising not to increase prices through at least the end of 2023. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or www.uscellular.com. To get the latest news, visit newsroom.uscellular.com.
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