Closing the ‘homework gap’ for our students

Dear Friends,

I want to wish all of our youth, from kindergarteners to seniors in college, the best of luck with their studies as a new school year begins. This time of the year is exciting and usually synonymous with words like “change” and “transformation.” At AT&T, that feeling of innovation never goes away because we are always planning for the future in Indiana. From healthcare to education, AT&T is finding innovative solutions to help us all become smarter, healthier and more connected. That’s why I am excited to share the stories below with you today.

Thank you,

Bill Soards
President — AT&T Indiana

Technology and learning go hand in hand. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to the internet at home, making it hard for kids to do homework and learn at their own pace and for families to stay up to date and connect with teachers.

That’s why The National PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and AT&T have teamed up to help close the “homework gap” and ensure SNAP-eligible families in select states1 have the resources they need for children to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

Through their collaboration, National PTA and AT&T will help qualifying families connect to low-cost internet service through Access from AT&T. The Access program offers those families a 10Mbps internet connection at home for $10 per month.2 You can visit ATT.com/Access for full details.

Together, the National PTA and AT&T will also teach parents how students are using digital technology in the classroom. Families will get tips about using technology and the internet to support their child's education at home. For example, the AT&T Digital You® portal includes English and Spanish language resources and tools for getting online, using technology safely, using online learning sites, job searching and more.

"Technology and the internet have created countless opportunities for teaching and learning. Having access to both is essential for students to develop the skills they need to be competitive," said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. "Increasing internet access for families is critical to help make sure all students have every opportunity for success."

For more information about National PTA and AT&T's collaboration, visit PTA.org/DigitalAccess.

1Available only in the AT&T 21-state wireline footprint. In California only SSI recipients also may qualify.
2 Additional eligible speed tiers (5Mbps for $10 a month or 3Mbps/1.5Mbps/768Kbps for $5 a month) may be provided, depending on availability at your address. Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds. Actual customer speeds may vary based on factors, including site traffic, content provider server capacity, internal network management factors and device capabilities, and are not guaranteed. For more information, go to att.com/speed101. Pricing excludes taxes. Service will include a monthly data allowance of either 150GB or 1TB of data/mo. depending on the type and speed of service you receive. If you exceed your monthly data plan allowance, you will be automatically charged $10 for each 50GB of data usage in excess of your data plan, even if less than 50 gigabytes is used. For more information, go to att.com/internet-usage. Other restrictions apply. Go to att.com/access for full details.

Bill Soards was named president of AT&T Indiana in October 2013. As president, Bill is responsible for external affairs in the state, which includes state and local government relations, community affairs, regulatory and legislative activities, and initiatives before the Indiana General Assembly and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

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