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October 10, 2010

City of Chicago’s Smart Communities Digital Initiative

Sprint to Provide Free Mobile Internet Access to 60 Chicago High School Students

(BUSINESS WIRE), October 10, 2010 - Sprint:

 

WHAT:

    Helping the City of Chicago extend technology access through its Digital Excellence Initiative, Sprint Nextel announced today it is supplying free Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go units with online service at no charge for six months to 60 Chicago high-schoolers who participated in this year’s inaugural Digital Youth Summer Jobs program.
 
The partnership between the City of Chicago and Sprint Nextel marks the first phase of an innovative commitment on Sprint’s part to help support Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Smart Communities program, a collaboration with community development group LISC/Chicago that aims to achieve “digital transformation” in five pilot neighborhoods with nearly 270,000 residents. Almost one-third of Chicago households are not connected to the Internet, and another eight percent lack the broadband speeds needed to fully utilize online resources. Going forward, Sprint Nextel will be able to offer its broadband services at lower prices to residents and businesses that are traditionally underserved by the telecommunications industry.
 

WHEN:

Monday, October 11, 2010
12 noon – 1 p.m.
 

WHERE:

Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation
1159 W. 79th St.
Chicago, IL 60620
(773) 483-3696
 
The Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GADC) works to foster and promote revitalization of the low-to-moderate income neighborhoods of Auburn-Gresham, Englewood and West Chatham. The organization's service area runs from 67th Street to 83rd Street north to south, and the Dan Ryan Expy. to Damen Avenue east to west.
 

WHO:

Justin Sher, Sprint Nextel Business Market Group Field Sales

 

12 students from the community getting their new Broadband2Go USB devices and instructions

 

Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=6461210&lang=en

Contact(s):

On site:
Sprint
Candace Johnson, 317-660-2232
Candace.johnson@sprint.com
or
For Broadband2Go:
Virgin Mobile USA
Jayne Wallace, 908-607-4014
jayne.wallace@sprint.com


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