Critical Path is proud to manage 27 KEYSPOTS, or Public Computer Centers, and FREE training as part of the Philadelphia Freedom Rings Partnership, a collaborative city-wide initiative funded by the federal stimulus Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP). The Freedom Rings Partnership has received two grants through BTOP – $11.8 million Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA) award and $6.4 million Public Computer Center (PCC) award.
The Freedom Rings Partnership is comprised of sixteen agencies:
- City of Philadelphia – Office of Innovation and Technology (lead agency on PCC grant)
- Community College of Philadelphia
- Drexel University
- Free Library of Philadelphia
- Media Mobilizing Project
- New America Foundation
- One Day at a Time
- Parks and Recreation
- People’s Emergency Center
- Philadelphia FIGHT
- Philadelphia Housing Authority
- Philadelphia OIC
- Rutgers University
- Urban Affairs Coalition (lead agency on SBA grant)
- Youth Outreach Adolescent Community Awareness Project
Together, these sixteen agencies manage a total of 77 KEYSPOTS throughout neighborhoods that have the least access to broadband Internet, namely, North, West, and South Philadelphia. The 77 sites include 19 recreation centers, 10 homeless shelters and 15 other affordable housing sites, 29 community-based organizations, and 4 mobile computing labs. Through these collaborations, underserved Philadelphians can access the Internet at trusted locations where they already receive services, and can use the organizational capacity that already exists to help them become experienced digital citizens.
For a full list of FREE access to KEYSPOTS and FREE computer classes around the city, visit www.phillykeyspots.org.