The laptops will help Fort Collins area students in their remote learning. The district’s schools will be closed to students until at least April 17. Fort Collins Coloradoan
Broadcom Incorporated donated $100,000 to the city of Fort Collins and Poudre School District to bring internet access to communities without it.
Of the donation, $25,000 was set aside for the school district, according to a news release. Those funds will go towards “current and future enhancements,” said Madeline Noblett, PSD director of communications. Those enhancements include installing fiber in the Poudre Valley and Hickory Village communities.
“Poudre School District is thankful to Broadcom, one among multiple partners collaborating to address the communitywide issue of inequitable access to internet services,” PSD Superintendent Sandra Smyser said in the release.
“These services are essential always — not just during a global pandemic — and our end objective is to think beyond our current situation and find a permanent solution whereby internet is accessible in the homes of all children who need it.”
On April 8, the district unveiled hot spots on wheels to help communities without internet access. Still, they are considered a “stopgap, emergency solution,” according to the release. There are currently eight hot spot vehicles providing internet to an estimated students.
Staff from the city’s broadband provider Fort Collins Connexion will soon install fiber in the Poudre Valley and Hickory Village communities “with a goal of making the existing PSD Wi-Fi vehicle’s signal more reliable and robust.”
“The City and many local organizations are diligently working in the wake of COVID-19 to respond to this national and local crisis,” Fort Collins City Manager Darin Atteberry said in the release. “Broadcom’s charitable donation will provide tremendous relief to residents and is a true demonstration of community giving.”
The remaining $75,000 of Broadcom’s donation will go to the following:
- New Belgium’s Bar & Restaurant Relief Fund for cash payments to furloughed food service workers – $25,000
- Neighbor to Neighbor for emergency rental assistance – $25,000
- Underwriting the city’s costs for providing child care for essential city workers – $25,000
“Broadcom’s charitable goal is to provide direct and immediate relief to the increased community challenges created by COVID-19,” said Nina Bodenhamer, director of City Give for the city of Fort Collins.
“Collectively, the recipients are durable partners of the city, and represent diverse pockets of needs and residents across the community.”
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