Comcast Delivers 250 Chromebooks to Orange-East Supervisory Union Students
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Posted by: Jeff Couture
Attorney General TJ Donovan announced that he secured from Comcast a donation of 250 Chromebooks to a Vermont school district in need. As Vermont school children have shifted to remote learning, some pupils in the Orange-East Supervisory Union (OESU) did not have reliable access to tablets or computers. OESU consists of schools servicing Bradford, Newbury, Corinth, Groton, Ryegate, Thetford, Topsham, and Wells River. Students who are slotted to receive these Chromebooks attend Blue Mountain Union School, Newbury Elementary School, River Bend Career and Technical Center, and Waits River Valley School.
“I want to thank Comcast for making this investment in our future,” Attorney General Donovan said. “This is a challenging time for students, teachers, and parents. I know these Chromebooks will make all the difference to those who receive them.”
“Ensuring students have access to the resources to support their learning is critical during this time of Continuity of Learning,” said Secretary of Education Dan French. “I am grateful to Comcast for their generosity, and to the Attorney General for working to organize this donation to Orange-East.”
“The 250 Chromebooks will connect many students previously unable to access on-line remote learning,” said Superintendent Emilie Knisley. “We did not have the funds in our local budgets available to bridge this divide in connectivity. We appreciate the support of Attorney General Donovan, Secretary French, and Comcast in making this possible for the students of Orange-East Supervisory Union. This is a big step forward in breaking down the digital divide between students and technology.”
“As Vermont continues to manage the COVID-19 emergency, we recognize that our company plays an important role in helping Vermont students and families stay connected,” said Dennis Mathew, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Western New England Region, which includes Vermont. “We are continuing to deliver the network speeds and capacity our Vermont customers need while they’re working, learning and connecting from home, as well as help more residents gain access to broadband through initiatives like this and our Comcast Internet Essentials program. We appreciate the work Attorney General T.J. Donovan and his team do to make sure Vermonters get the resources they need, especially during this extraordinary time.”
The Chromebooks were delivered on Monday, May 4, 2020.
In addition, Comcast is waiving late fees and disconnects for Xfinity service through June 30th. This is part of Comcast's comprehensive plan to keep and get Americans connected to broadband during this time.
Tim Wilkerson, President of the New England Cable and Telecommunications Association (NECTA), released the following statement: “We’re proud that Comcast has partnered with Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan to help students stay connected and stay on top of their studies. At a time when many students have moved to remote learning, our member companies are committed to ensuring that every Vermont resident has access to high-speed broadband and expanding access to connectivity across the state. Our goal is that everyone – not just our customers – will have access to the information they need, stay connected to work and school, and access to home support services during this challenging time.”
Source: Vermont Business Magazine