Nationwide campaign to increase digital literacy, internet access launched

3/22/2013 12:00:00 AM

Roughly 100 million Americans do not have a broadband connection at home, and 62 million do not use the Internet at all. Today, nonprofit Connect2Compete, launches a national campaign, “EveryoneOn,” a public awareness campaign designed to help all Americans access free digital literacy training in their communities. Also starting today, Connect2Compete will offer consumers access to programs providing discounted high-speed Internet and low-cost computers.

Americans can visit www.Connect2Compete.org to access opportunities including:

Low/No-Cost Internet Access Through partnerships with local Internet providers such as Freedom Pop, Comcast and Cox Communications, Connect2Compete will connect millions of low-income citizens to programs that offer free and low-cost Internet services.

Affordable Computers – Through a host of hardware and software partners, including GoodPC, Comcast Internet Essentials and Microsoft, Connect2Compete will provide the opportunity to purchase new and refurbished computers for less than $200.

Digital Skills Training – Through a nationwide network of partners, Connect2Compete will offer access to digital literacy programs in more than 21,000 libraries and training centers. The programs will provide people the opportunity to learn basic skills such as how to use a computer, navigate the web, take actions like preparing and uploading an online resume, or processing a basic Internet transaction.

Today, to help drive awareness of the free digital skills trainings, Connect2Compete and the Ad Council are also launching the nationwide public service advertising (PSA) campaign, “EveryoneOn,” created pro bono by Y&R.
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