04/06/2020|Inside Verizon

Helping to connect 14 million students to the world.

By: Jeremy Godwin

Verizon and The New York Times are giving every high school in America free digital access to The Times.

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With so many high school students learning from home, it’s critical they have access to reliable news sources.

At Verizon, we’re here and we’re ready to keep teachers and students connected to the world. That’s why Verizon and The New York Times are giving students and teachers in every high school in America free digital access to Times journalism as well as invaluable education resources from The Times’s Learning Network for three months -- from April 6 to July 6 -- to help aid remote learning.

To get started, U.S. high school administrators will need to create an account and invite students and teachers. School administrators will ensure that participating students are the proper age.

The New York Times and Verizon have been providing access to Times digital journalism and The New York Times Learning Network to Title I students and teachers around the U.S. - including all Verizon Innovative Learning schools. As millions of students transition to digital-first schooling at home for the foreseeable future, our collaboration has never been more important. There is a tremendous need to access independent journalism to support quality education under these unprecedented circumstances.

Championing digital inclusion and education is not new to Verizon. We have been on the frontlines of bridging the digital divide since 2014, most notably with our Verizon Innovative Learning program, which provides free 1:1 devices, free internet access, and a tech-driven curriculum to some of the country’s most under-resourced students. With schools closed and remote learning in place, we are supporting over 100,000 students and teachers by tripling their data allowances, from 10GB/month to 30GB/month through June 30. Enhanced connectivity at home also allows parents, siblings, and other relatives to tackle homework, remote working, stay informed, and even access online healthcare resources.

Educators can also access our "Learning From Home" tools and curated Times content on VILS Connection. Content includes resources to support Districts facing closures and support for teachers to plan remote learning lessons.

If you or a high school student or teacher you know could benefit from this program, you can learn more at nytimes.com/highschoolaccess.

Free access through 7.6.20. Requires eligible high school administrators to activate a group digital subscription. Add’l Terms & Conditions apply. See nytimes.com/highschoolaccess for program details. Data rates apply.

About the author:

Jeremy Godwin is a member of the Verizon Corporate Communications team and a regular host of Up to Speed. He's the team's resident tech geek and media junkie.

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