Mobile Beacon part of tech distribution to low-income Colorado families

JOHNSTON – Bridging the Gap, a charitable initiative of PCs for People and Johnston-based internet service provider Mobile Beacon, hosted a computer and mobile-hotspot distribution event May 11 in La Junta, Colo., and will hold another one in Aurora, Colo., May 22. The events are aimed at helping low-income families gain technological tools, Mobile Beacon said in a press release.

On May 11, 170 computers, 85 mobile hotspots – provided by Mobile Beacon – and three months of unlimited internet service were distributed to select low-income students and families living 200 percent below the poverty level, said Mobile Beacon, which also provided financial backing for the events.

Before the distribution, PCs for People refurbished the computers at its Denver location.

“Bridging the Gap helps low-income individuals improve their access to jobs, health care, education and other opportunities for economic progress,” said Julie Seltz, PCs for People Colorado executive director. “We are proud to continue our collaboration with Mobile Beacon to bridge the digital divide and transform lives by providing access to technology.”

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Mobile Beacon provides organizations such as schools, libraries and nonprofits with discounted internet access.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.