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Cruzio Internet Partners with Aviat to Help Santa Cruz County Office of Education Deliver Free Internet to Low-income Families

(Source: Aviat Blog)

May 19, 2020 — Santa Cruz, CA

Program provides families with free internet service for three months, followed by highly discounted rate

Aviat Networks recently partnered with Cruzio Internet of Santa Cruz to help families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Low-income families have been among the hardest hit, and with the increase in internet access demands, the need for fast, reliable internet for all is imperative.

As part of the initiative, Cruzio will offer high-speed broadband service—including Wi-Fi hardware—to qualifying families. Cruzio’s offer is part of their Equal Access Santa Cruz program and supports the efforts of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (COE) to ensure distance learning and work-from-home tools extend to all members of the community, regardless of income. The program provides families with free internet service for three months and then offers a highly discounted rate thereafter.

“Our priority is to support all students and families with the resources and tools needed for distance learning—especially our most underserved students,” said Jason Borgen, the Chief Technology Officer for COE. “We focus on equity and are doing everything we can to remove the digital divide from Santa Cruz County. The COE and Cruzio, working together, can truly make a difference here.”

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