As part of its efforts to close the digital divide on its campus, California State University, Fullerton (Cal State, Fullerton) is partnering with Excess Telecom to bring affordable broadband and discounted tablet rentals to the university’s students.
“We are committed to bridging the digital divide and fostering full inclusion by providing devices and access to a comprehensive technology ecosystem for all students at CSUF,” said Rommel Hidalgo, vice president of Information Technology and CIO at Cal State Fullerton. “Through our partnership with Excess Telecom, we’ve already connected several hundred students on our campus and hoping to connect more this semester.”
Excess Telecom, a service provider for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), is helping the school enroll in the ACP and rent internet-connected tablet with a small co-pay of $11. Students currently receiving a Pell grant, students or community members who are income-eligible, or those who receive government assistance from CalFresh, MediCal, MediCare, SNAP, among several other programs, can qualify for the ACP.
“There is a growing concern among college education institutions regarding the availability of internet connectivity for students,” said Arthur Felix, vice president of strategic partnerships for Excess Telecom. “By partnering with Cal State Fullerton to provide resources that allow their students to connect both on and off-campus, we are narrowing the digital divide and creating a climate where our leaders of tomorrow can thrive.”
According to a press release, qualified students at the Cal State, Fullerton will have the opportunity to apply for ACP services with Excess Telecom on-site during various enrollment opportunities. Additionally, eligible students can enroll online anytime using a special link exclusive to the university. When approved for service, an affordable device will be provided to the students for a very small co-pay and broadband Internet will be made available.