70,000 Students to Start Getting Laptops and Other Devices This Week

A handful of private technology companies will be providing 70,000 California students with laptops, tablets and other devices this week, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom announced at the governor’s press conference Monday.

The private-public partnership was formed in a hurried effort to close the state’s digital divide. Participating companies include Apple, Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, Hewlett-Packard, Zoom, and Verizon. Jack Dorsey and and Chan Zuckerberg are also involved.

Additionally, the state has received $3 million from private donors, which it will use to purchase hotspots through Google. Those are expected to begin flowing the first week of May.

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