BroadbandNow Invests in San Joaquin County to Help Fund Innovation and Bridge the Digital Divide

On September 16th, BroadbandNow, a leading online resource for consumers to find and compare local internet service providers, made a $15,000 donation to the Community Foundation of San Joaquin’s Economic Innovation Fund. The investment was made to help fund digital innovation in San Joaquin County in inland California, an area which has long suffered from low digital inclusion.

The Community Foundation of San Joaquin’s Economic Innovation Fund benefits the City of Stockton, amongst other rural towns in inland California. Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs was at the check presentation to receive BroadbandNow’s donation in person from BroadbandNow Managing Director, John Busby.

Demonstrating the innovation underway, an app created in partnership with CODE Stack Academy and Girls Who Code Stockton, whose mission is to close the gender gap in technology, was launched at the check presentation. Supported by Mayor Tubbs’ office, the app was built as a tool to navigate the Inland California Rising Conference, hosted in Stockton on September 20th.

“The digital divide is larger than ever. The future is bridging it to drive forward communities, including Stockton, across America,” said Mayor Tubbs. “Thanks to private investments, such as BroadbandNow’s $15,000 check today, we are able to fund innovation, such as students to work on real projects, including the Girls Who Code developed app, which will play a key role in our Stockton Regional Summit later this week.”

Bridging the digital divide is a core part of BroadbandNow’s mission. As the largest online database of internet providers in the U.S., BroadbandNow aims to increase the availability and affordability of broadband internet through transparency in government data and simplifying the experience for customers purchasing internet service. BroadbandNow helps over 10 million Americans find and compare internet service providers each year.

“A broadband internet connection, along with programs that support digital inclusion, are critical for cities to compete in today’s world,” said BroadbandNow’s Busby. “Programs such as the Economic Innovation Fund driven by the Community Foundation of San Joaquin are outstanding examples that we’re happy to be a part of.”

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