December 20, 2021: ATC CSR Foundation India (ATC CSRFI), the CSR arm of American Tower Corporation (ATC) India, as a part of its Digital Communities Program, has reached a significant milestone of launching 200 Digital Communities across India. With the opening of 15 ATC STEM Labs in the Government schools of Bihar, ATCCSRFI has taken yet another step in the direction to achieve its objective of creating Digital Communities to provide greater access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in areas where the internet remains limited.
Typically located at or near the base of an American Tower site, Digital Communities are places where people of all ages gain access to the internet. Based on local needs, Digital Communities provide educational, healthcare, financial and career development services with an aim to improve quality of life through connectivity.
After successfully launching Digital Learning Centres with Self Learning Kiosks and Career Development Centres across the country, ATC CSRFI has broadened its e-education reach by launching ATC STEM Labs in more than 50 schools in UP and Bihar. ATC CSRFI is seeking to collaborate with partners to not only help with this effort of promoting digital literacy and other essential services, such as healthcare and financial inclusion.
Amit Sharma, Special Advisor to the CEO, ATC said: “We are pleased to have reached the milestone of opening 200 digital communities across 17 states. Our mission is to provide greater access to connectivity with an aim to improve the quality of life for underserved communities in India. With a focus on promoting digital literacy and increasing employability through education, Digital Communities contribute to India’s digital economy to support a more inclusive and equitable society for all. We are committed to scaling our program to positively impact our local communities by way of strategic partnerships with corporations, nonprofits, NGOs and other trusted partners.”
ATC’s Digital Communities programme globally has successfully impacted more than 130k beneficiaries.