80% of Minnesotans have a high speed internet connection. That's a little above the national average rate (77%) but that means 20% of Minnesotans don't which is a real  disadvantage. This is known as the digital divide and companies like AT&T are working address the issues the divide creates by getting everyone connected.

John Stankey, AT&T's CEO, said, "AT&T is investing in and expanding the reach of our broadband networks while also advocating for effective and sustainable public policies that help close this country’s digital divide.”

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One of AT&T's primary focuses it the homework gap for students across the country that have limited internet access. The commnuications company is working to get these kids connected by awarding grant money to organizations around the country. 

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Rochester's Boys and Girls Club Receives $15,000

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The Rochester's Boys & Girls Club works with young people in our community and with th goal of helping them realize "their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring community members."

The Club says they'll use the grant money to help members that are affected by the homework gap.

"The AT&T Foundation grant will support the Club’s afterschool programs that focus on addressing the digital divide and homework gap, including the Power Hour homework program, tutoring support, and STEM programs. Many of the Club’s members are directly affected by the homework gap. They are either students who do not have reliable internet or a computer at home to complete their homework.

The grant will be presented to the Club on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. 

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