DigitalC, in partnership with Meta, brings high-speed internet to Cleveland residents with affordable housing | Panda Anku

The new service will give thousands of Cleveland residents access to affordable, reliable connectivity

CLEVELAND, Aug. 16, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DigitalC announced today that it has partnered with Meta to bring high-speed internet to residents of four public housing developments in Cleveland. As part of EmpowerCLE+, EmpowerCLE+, DigitalC’s mission-driven fixed-line wireless Internet service, and Meta’s efforts to help expand and improve connectivity, this partnership includes the funding, installation and deployment of fixed-line wireless Internet services serving more than 1,000 Households will support low-cost, high-speed Internet.

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Results from the US Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey showed that Cleveland lags behind in residential broadband access and ranks last among US cities with more than 100,000 residents. In addition, the US Census Bureau shows that Cleveland ranks highest for the number of residents living in poverty (30.8%), including nearly half of Cleveland’s children (46.1%).

“Not surprisingly, poverty and lack of internet connectivity are intertwined,” said Sharon Jordan, interim CEO of DigitalC. “Access to affordable and equitable broadband alone will not lift people out of poverty, but it can empower people to find pathways to better health, education and economic prosperity. Our partnership with Meta will allow us to bridge the digital divide in Cleveland by extending affordable internet access to more of those in need.”

Thanks to Meta’s investment, EmpowerCLE+ high-speed internet service is now live and available to residents of the Hough neighborhood at Addison Square and the Cuyahoga County Housing Administration’s (CMHA) Willson Tower and CHMA’s Riverview Tower Apartments in Ohio City and Scranton Castle available in Clark -Fulton area. All four locations are in the city of Cleveland. As a result, nearly 1,100 public housing units now have access to affordable high-speed internet.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has proven indisputably that connectivity is a critical lifeline for any community,” said Dan Ball, Director, Connectivity Policy, Meta. “As part of our work to empower people, build communities and bring the world closer together, we’re proud to have partnered with DigitalC to help bring affordable high-speed internet to more people in Cleveland.”

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, EmpowerCLE+ has connected more than 1,530 Cleveland homes in the boroughs of Central, Fairfax, Clark-Fulton, Glenville, Hough and Buckeye-Woodhill to its broadband service.

“I’m so grateful for the internet access these partnerships have created in my community,” said Cleveland City Councilwoman Jasmine Santana, who represents the Clark-Fulton neighborhood. “And I know the residents are too. It’s a step closer to digital justice for our city.”

Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer of CMHA, said, “Everyone recognizes that the need for Internet connectivity is an increasingly critical issue for all segments of society, but especially for residents and families living in affordable housing developments across the county.

“With new collaborations with highly innovative companies like Meta, and ongoing partnerships with truly committed organizations like DigitalC, CMHA is well positioned to continue its efforts to bridge the digital divide across Cuyahoga County, transforming the lives of the residents and communities we serve. to improve .”

About DigitalC

DigitalC is a local nonprofit focused on connecting the unconnected in the city of Cleveland. The organization provides reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet and works with community partners to provide devices, digital literacy training, and technical support. Through its fixed-line wireless Internet service provider, EmpowerCLE+, the organization plans to provide access to affordable broadband services to Cleveland’s 34 boroughs. DigitalC is located in Midtown Cleveland with offices in the Midtown Tech Hive. For more information, visit: www.digitalc.org or www.empowercle.org.

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Susan Valerian
Communications Director, DigitalC
susan.valerian@digitalc.org
216.262.1946

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