Verizon and LA Unified Provide Internet Access to Nevada Families in Need
CARSON CITY, Nevada, December 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Almost 26,000 (or 10%) of families in Nevada do not have a reliable internet connection1, prompting Verizon and Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest school district, to expand their existing partnership to provide eligible Nevada families and individuals with access to discounted mobile broadband plans, voice services and equipment via the State of Nevada, local, or select nonprofit organizations.
Los Angeles Unified first partnered with Verizon as part of its distance learning program at the start of COVID-19-related school closures nationwide in March 2020. The historic agreement was modified to enable Los Angeles Unified to provide school districts, and potentially state, local and nonprofit organizations across California, with reliable and affordable fast Internet access. The unified Verizon-Los Angeles partnership was also the model on which Verizon designed its national program that has made distance learning available to up to 38 million students in 40 states and the District of Columbia.
“Internet access has become an essential utility and learning tool for students and their families, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Megan K. Reilly, Unified Acting Superintendent of Los Angeles. “Last year, Los Angeles Unified created the original path to connect students to our school community, and we’re excited Nevada families can access an even more affordable Internet in partnership with Verizon.”
Also through an amendment, Los Angeles Unified expanded its role in Verizon’s National Digital Inclusion Program, as well as the Georgia Ministry of Education and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The program consists of discounted prices that support economic and social development by enabling state and local government agencies, school districts, and non-profit organizations to provide affordable Internet access to low-income households.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn enormous attention to the digital divide in this country as families and school systems have not been able to meet the critical demands of reliable internet access,” Jennifer said. Chronis, Senior Vice President of Verizon Public Sector. “From our historic partnership with Los Angeles Unified to our flagship education initiative, Verizon Innovative Learning, which includes 23 LA Unified Schools, we’re committed to breaking down barriers to digital inclusion for students, families, teachers and communities. “
The most recent Los Angeles Unified amendment also serves to extend the existing distance learning program to allow public libraries to benefit from the same contract terms as Nevada K-12 schools.
State of Nevada and local government agencies, school districts, and non-profit organizations that wish to benefit from Verizon’s digital inclusion or distance learning programs can call 844.825.8389 or visit this link for more information.
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