i3 Internet Inclusion Initiative

Creating Opportunity through Connectivity

The digital revolution has opened up a world of information and opportunity for the majority of Americans. But 34 million people — about 10 percent of the U.S. population — remain offline. The costs of being disconnected rise every day, for both individuals and communities as a whole. That’s why we developed the i3 Internet Inclusion Initiative. In partnership with nonprofits, schools, libraries and other community organizations, we’re helping connect underserved Americans to the tools they need to improve their lives.

 

Who’s left behind?

Take a look at the faces of the Digital Divide:

  • 37% of adults earning less than $50,000/year
  • 53% of low-income students
  • 55% of seniors
  • 55% of adults living with a disability
  • 45% of adults living in rural areas

What are they missing?

  • Job Opportunities: 80% of jobs are posted exclusively online
  • High School Equivalency: The GED exam is now only offered online
  • Education: 7 in 10 teachers assign homework requiring access to the Internet
  • Cost Savings: Households save ~$8,000/year by using the Internet
  • Health Benefits: Enrolling in an affordable healthcare plan requires access

Mobilizing education provides life-long opportunities.

See how Mobile Beacon’s i3 Internet Inclusion Initiative is helping to bring affordable mobile broadband access to students and their families nationwide.

 

“Not only are students who lack access at home struggling to keep up, their lack of access is holding our education system back. It means too many young people will go through school without fully developing the skills that give them a fair shot in the digital age.”

 

– FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

Explore our i3 programs that power up access.

 

Who It Helps:Eligible recipients must be below the 200% poverty level or be currently enrolled in a government assistance program

How It Helps:

Provides low income families with unlimited Internet access for 3, 6 or 12 months depending on their budget.

Who It Helps:Qualifying 501(c)(3) Nonprofits • Schools  • Public Libraries

How It Helps:

Nonprofits, schools and libraries save money and can get 1-10 donated 4G LTE devices per year.

Who It Helps:K-12 Public and Private Schools • Colleges / Universities • Academic Libraries

How It Helps:

Schools and libraries can get 1-10 donated 4G LTE devices per year.

Who It Helps:The 34 million Americans without home internet access.

How It Helps:

Community anchor institutions can apply to be one of our pilot sites and receive $20,000 in donated laptops, 4G LTE mobile hotspots, and FREE internet service.

Who It Helps:The 5 million low-income students without home internet access.

How It Helps:

Schools and educational organizations can apply to be one of our pilot sites and receive $20,000 in donated laptops, 4G LTE mobile hotspots, and FREE internet service.

Who It Helps:K-12 Public & Private Schools

How It Helps:

Schools in select markets can get up to 25 donated laptops and 4G LTE mobile devices, plus free Internet service for one year.