RELEASE: Digital Divide Trimmed as PCs for People Distributes Record Number of Computers in October

Saint Paul, MN – November 2, 2017 - PCs for People distributed a record 1,528 computers to low income individuals in 45 states in October. That means more than 4,800 people – including 2,334 children – can now study, apply for jobs, improve their technical skills, and do other activities most of us take for granted. More than 1,200 new home Internet hotspots were also handed out last month. The successful October comes on the heels of what was a record-setting September, when 1,256 computers were distributed.

“We are glad to help so many people move toward technological equality.” according to Casey Sorensen, PCs for People Executive Director. “The demand for low-cost computers and Internet access continues to grow, as two consecutive months of record-setting computer handouts show.”

Sorensen thinks that trend will continue. “PCs for People expects to distribute more computers in 2017 than in any previous year. We thank our current business partners for using our free collection and recycling services. We’re always seeking new partners to help us meet the need for computers “.

PCs for People gathered nearly 1,700 computers and responsibly recycled 40,000 pounds of electronic waste from 140 partners in October.

Studies continue to show the “Digital Divide” – the lack of a computer and broadband access is a major problem for families in poverty. Digital inclusion is a social justice problem that has far-reaching effects in equity relating to education, health, and income. Only 48 percent of households with incomes below $25,000 have a home internet connection compared to about 85 percent of households with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000.

Nearly one-third of households with school-age children and incomes below $50,000 don’t have Internet access, compared to only about eight percent of the households with school-age children and incomes above $50,000.

About PCs for People: Over 16 years, PCs for People has helped more than 170,000 individuals gain access to technology in their homes in the form of low-cost computers and Internet access.

For more information and inquiries, please contact:
Casey Sorensen
Executive Director, PCs for People
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1481 Marshall Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Phone: 612-567-8435

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