AT&T and Human-I-T donate 200 laptops to SLVDRG

Stacked up in the SLVDRG offices in the Alamosa Depot building are 200 laptop computers waiting to be delivered to those in need. Courtesy photo

AT&T and Human-I-T donate 200 laptops to SLVDRG

ALAMOSA— As part of its nationwide commitment to help bridge the digital divide, AT&T is working with Action 22 and Human-I-T to provide the San Luis Valley Development Resource Group (SLVDRG) with 200 laptops. The computers will be dispersed to underserved students, their mentors, seniors, and those needing better access to digital resources throughout the San Luis Valley.

A press conference to detail the project will take place On June 16th, 1:00PM at the Alamosa Public Library, 300 Hunt Ave, Alamosa, CO 81101. The donation, courtesy of AT&T, is part of a larger project by the San Luis Valley Broadband Collaboration Office (SLV BCO), a community advisory committee to the SLVDRG and Council of Governments. The mission of the committee is: Ensure all residents of the San Luis Valley have equitable access to opportunities to enjoy the benefits of Broadband. The SLV BCO has been funded by a grant from the Colorado Trust and overseen by Community Resource Center.

“I have been involved in development and expansion of Broadband over the last two decades as part of one role or another in the San Luis Valley,” said Lawrence Pacheco, Community Advocate, and former Costilla County Commissioner. “I can tell you, from that experience, addressing digital literacy and providing devices is the next correct and logical step to aid SLV residents in accessing resources they need. This project is more than just about broadband, it’s delivering on a promise to remove real barriers in disparity when it comes to digital divides and equity. This is an important, meaningful project; I was happy to be asked to get involved so I can finish the job I started as a term-limited Commissioner.”

This program is the latest development within the AT&T Connected Learning initiative, created as part of our company-wide, $2 billion commitment from 2021 – 2023 to help bridge the digital divide  through investments in digital literacy tools, education resources, broadband technology, low-cost internet service, computers, and more, to help today’s learners succeed  wherever they learn.

“AT&T is proud to collaborate with organizations like Human-I-T, Action 22 and the San Luis Valley Development Resource Group to help close the digital equity gap in the San Luis Valley. The pandemic highlighted the challenges faced by students in Colorado who currently lack the devices required for online learning,” said Roberta Robinette, president, AT&T Colorado. “Access to devices is a consistent issue facing our Colorado rural areas and exacerbates the connectivity challenge. We are glad we can provide these needed resources.”

*About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T

We’re committed to advancing education, creating opportunities, strengthening communities, and improving lives. As part of our companywide $2B commitment from 2021-2023 to address the digital divide, we launched AT&T Connected Learning to invest in connectivity and technology, digital literacy, and education solutions to help today’s learners succeed inside and outside of the classroom. Since 2008 we’ve committed more than $600 million to programs that help millions of students across all 50 states and around the world, particularly those in underserved communities.

For more information, contact:

San Luis Valley Development Resource Group:

Name: Kevin Wilkins, E.D.

Phone: 719-589-6099

Email: [email protected] 

Action 22

Name: Sara Blackhurst, CEO

Phone: 719-369-7901

Email: [email protected]

AT&T

Name: Suzanne Trantow

AT&T Corporate Communications

Phone: 720.236.2056

Email: [email protected]

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