AT&T said it will donate $100 million in mobile broadband service to educational resources. The program includes educational websites, applications and services. The funding commitment also includes professional development assistance for middle school students and their teachers. The mobile broadband will be used on tablets and devices by the students and teachers.“The most important investment we can make to drive long-term prosperity for our country is finding smart new ways to make technology work for schools, teachers and students,” Jim Cicconi, the senior executive vice president of AT&T external and legislative affairs, said in a prepared statement. “Providing access to mobile broadband for educational purposes and the tools teachers need to help their students excel is a foundational building block to improving educational results.”
Donating broadband service to the schoolchildren and teachers also increases the company’s growing network. In 2013, AT&T launched its 4G LTE network in 14 markets across North Carolina, including Charlotte-Gastonia, Raleigh-Durham,Greensboro-Winston Salem, Fayetteville, Wilmington and New Bern. AT&T installed fiber in 93 multi-tenant buildings in the same area. Last year, the company also boosted its commitment in community matters and employment with $280 million invested in employee training, which includes hiring more United States armed services veterans.