There is much uncertainty about the back to school season this year for every family. Still, on the wrong side of the digital divide, over nine million students cannot access the internet from home. For some, it's a lack of coverage. For others, it's a lack of affordability. Connectivity Foundation's mission is to bridge the digital divide through innovative broadband solutions. Our general donations fund is currently allocating proceeds to support and provide for students to receive an education. Proceeds will go towards students, community outreach, operations, and research.
There are roughly 42 million people across America without fixed internet at home. We rely on our ability to connect online at any given instant. We use it to search for job openings, access essential health information, apply for college, socialize with friends and family, and so much more. The Connectivity Foundation was formed out of the exponential push to go digital during the pandemic. Students without connectivity will get pushed further behind. To prevent widening the education gap, we must create an immediate solution.
Our Solution: We take a comprehensive and adaptive approach to best support individuals rather than a blanket solution that leaves many offline. This old practice is, in part, what led to 42 million unconnected people in America. To ensure we are successful and helpful, we work through local city governments and school districts, and local nonprofits.
Learning Pods: One of our national partners, nonprofit Crossroads Education, is committed to equity in education. They've developed a plan to provide eLearning management to all families in Indianapolis who need help getting their kids online. Community Learning Pod directors will manage the collaboration of a small group of kids to tutor, follow assignment due dates, and create an active eLearning community.
Providing Laptops and Tablets: There are many students who, even if connected, don't have access to the devices required for learning. Many higher economic schools have devices available to distribute among students, but others don't. With allocated resources, these students will also get the tools they need to learn.
Education Networks: A Connectivity Foundation Education Network provides low cost or free broadband service. We use a school as the central location or hub to build a network within that radius. We built a model providing 150,000 kids with high-speed internet for a low cost of $4.88 per student, per month. This model is what we hope to provide to school districts across the nation.
CBRS Spectrum: Newly available Citizens Radio Broadband Spectrum (CBRS) allows organizations to set up their own private LTE, and soon 5G networks. The "innovation band" offers shared access spectrum utilization to make network build-outs more and affordable. Spectrum Access System providers such as Google, monitor the usage to ensure no interference.
There are lots of ways to show support. Whether it is donating spare change, creating a subscription, sharing your story, or volunteering. Everything will help, and anything can go a long way. We also have specific donations running for our current projects.
For more resources about what we are doing and who we are, follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook or go to our website. We will continuously post updates about our mission to connect students this fall. We are dedicated to explore any and every option and adapt to what every student will need. Please help us make sure no student gets left behind. Please donate to this year's back to school fund for students to meet their teachers online.
The Connectivity Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. Our EIN is 85-0943054. Our IRS confirmation can be viewed here.