Rio Grande City students and families received refurbished laptops from AT&T and Human-I-T through the Rio Grande City Friends of the Public Library.
These efforts are part of AT&T's commitment to addressing the digital divide through investments in internet accessibility, affordability, and the safe use of technology.
In Rio Grande City, it's estimated that more than 3,500 K-12 students do not have access to reliable internet, computers, or the skills needed to navigate the online world - an issue known as the digital divide.
“It’s mission-critical that we address the digital divide in Rio Grande City,” said Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen. “The collaboration between AT&T, Human-I-T, and the library will help reach the more than 3,500 students here who continue to lack access to the tools and technologies necessary to compete in an ever-connected world.”
“Every day, we all use the internet to access education, economic, health, and other online resources and opportunities,” said Dalinda Guillen, Executive Director of the Rio Grande City Economic Development Corporation. “Many of our residents can’t take advantage of these resources and opportunities. So, today is about addressing that challenge and closing that divide for Rio Grande City students and families. I appreciate AT&T, Human-I-T, and the library for coming together for this important initiative.”
“AT&T is proud to collaborate with organizations like Human-I-T and Starr County Public Library Friends to help close the digital equity gap in Rio Grande City,” said J.D. Salinas, Vice President External Affairs, AT&T-Texas.
“Many students here lack the devices and digital literacy they need for online learning and other online opportunities. Access to computers is vital in helping to bridge the digital divide, and we are glad we can assist in providing these resources to those who need them most.”