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October 2, 2020

America’s Wireless Companies Respond to COVID-19: September 2020 Recap .

America’s Wireless Companies Respond to COVID-19: September 2020 Recap


While schools across the country continue to adjust to a new way of learning due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the wireless industry is unwavering in its support to keep students, teachers and families connected to the resources they need most. Here are some of the ways wireless companies lent a virtual hand throughout September:

  • T-Mobile launched Project 10Million, a $10.7 Billion initiative that will deliver free internet connectivity to millions of underserved student households learning remotely to COVID-19. T-Mobile employees also donated to the #ClearTheList movement, helping 100 teachers obtain essential classroom materials and supplies as they prepare to start the school year in the midst of COVID-19.
  • AT&T is matching donations to special needs distance learning projects in low-income school districts, ensuring that teachers and students have the resources and support they need as they start the school year virtually due to COVID-19. AT&T also donated $500,000 to YMCA of Greater New York to help support in-person childcare for hundreds families who will be learning and working remotely this fall, and contributed $100,000 to the Parent Institute for Quality Education to help families and students in California transition to distance learning during COVID-19.
  • Verizon is working with the Oregon Department of Education to provide connectivity and enable distance learning for 1.7 million students in Oregon and Washington who are starting school virtually due to COVID-19. The carrier’s national Distance Learning Program is now available to more than 38 million students across 40 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Qualcomm is providing monetary relief and innovative resources to local and global pandemic response efforts as the demand for telemedicine and distance learning continues to grow due to COVID-19.
  • U.S. Cellular donated more than $100,000 worth of technology to Boys and Girls Clubs of America to connect students, teachers and parents who are starting the school year virtually due to COVID-19.
  • Samsung partnered with Academia to develop virtual, technologically-enhanced interactive classrooms for K-12 students who are starting the school year virtually due to COVID-19. Samsung also partnered with the National Environmental Education Foundation to launch a 10-day online challenge for 6th – 8th grade students attending school virtually or in-person to help kids get excited to learn about science and the environment.
  • LG launched a video series for students, parents and educators that promotes social and emotional health awareness and helps students cope with the impact of COVID-19.
  • Cisco improved its distance learning options for businesses, schools and other agencies maintaining their digital operations during COVID-19.

Now more than ever, wireless is playing a critical role in keeping us connected to our family and friends, our jobs, our schools and our communities, and we are proud of our members and the industry for their tireless efforts in these trying times. We will continue to share our members’ stories here and on the CTIA website.

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