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Want a free laptop? AT&T is giving away 1,000 of them

AT&T’s latest idea to help bridge the digital divide is sure to grab folks’ attention.

The Dallas-based telecommunications giant is giving away 1,000 laptops to students and families across the U.S., including 200 reserved for Dallas residents. The company has pledged to spend $2 billion between 2021 and 2023 on improving internet accessibility and affordability to ensure Americans in underserved areas get equal access to education and job opportunities.

Interested Dallas residents must not have access to a working computer at home and must have a child in pre-K through 12th grade (up to age 20). Devices provided by a school aren’t counted as ones owned by the family so that wouldn’t disqualify them. Those who meet the requirements can register for the lottery at compudopt.org/computergiveaway.

Winners will be chosen randomly and alerted by an email or text message, which will tell them to pick up their computers on Oct. 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at YMCA Park South, 2500 Romine Ave., Dallas.

AT&T is partnering on the giveaway with Compudot, which provides technology access and education to underserved communities.

In August, AT&T donated $1 million to the Dallas Innovation Alliance, which is using the money to pay for digital ambassadors who help people connect to the internet and teach them to use it for everyday tasks like paying bills and applying for jobs.

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