Desoto County News

Dream Center receives funding for iPads as county promotes broadband

A check presentation took place at the DeSoto County Dream Center on Wednesday, April 3 as county officials promote broadband access.

AT&T Regional Director, Gunner Goad, presented a $30,000 check from the AT&T Foundation to support the purchase of iPads for students and bolster educational programs aimed at bridging the digital and educational gap. DeSoto County Supervisors Lee Perkins Caldwell and Ray Denison took part in the check presentation.  

The county is working to bridge the digital divide with its Broadband Connectivity Program. Supervisors have allocated up to $10 million in federal grant funds to help subsidize AT&T, C Spire, and Uplink Internet’s high-speed expansion to unserved addresses in DeSoto County.

“Closing the digital divide is paramount,” said Supervisor Board President Lee Caldwell. “AT&T’s contribution, both through iPad donations and fiber infrastructure expansion, is crucial in connecting more residents and empowering students with essential resources for success.”

The iPads will directly benefit students enrolled in Dream Center programs, aiding in their educational advancement.

Supervisor Ray Denison shared his firsthand experience, stating, “I understand the challenges of being among the 3,500 without high-speed internet access.”

The DeSoto County Dream Center is dedicated to providing a supportive community through various services including education, food, and medical aid.

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From left, Supervisors Ray Denison, Lee Caldwell and AT&T Regional Director Gunner Goad with the check presentation to the DeSoto County Dream Center.