Windstream donates 20 new computers to Carson Elementary School as part of Connect Ohio/Ohio Telecom Association Digital Day

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Feb 24, 2009

Windstream donates 20 new computers to Carson Elementary School as part of Connect Ohio/Ohio Telecom Association Digital Day

NEWARK, Ohio – Licking County students who do not have access to the Internet at home will soon have another avenue to complete their homework, thanks to a statewide program sponsored by Connect Ohio and members of the Ohio Telecom Association.  

Windstream, an OTA member company, is donating 20 new computers to a local elementary school, which is part of a statewide event that will distribute 400 new computers to organizations that serve the needs of students. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has proclaimed Feb. 23 as Connect Ohio/OTA Digital Day throughout the state.

"Windstream is very proud to be involved in the Connect Ohio’s No Child Left Offline program," said Susan Schraibman, Vice President of Operations. "Our Windstream team members in Ohio understand the importance of making high-speed Internet connections available for everyone.  The 20 computers we are donating make that connection to learning and the global economy possible," said Schraibman. 

The event is being held in support of Connect Ohio’s No Child Left Offline initiative, which brings together public and private partners to help all economically disadvantaged students join the Information Age.

"Research reveals that thousands of Ohio students are missing the opportunity to participate in the educational, economic and civic opportunities presented by having access to the Internet," said Connect Ohio’s Executive Director Tom Fritz.  "While disadvantaged students are nearly as likely to use computers in school as their peers from families of higher socioeconomic status, only 37 percent of disadvantaged students utilize computers at home compared to 76 percent of those peers of higher socioeconomic status," Fritz said.

OTA member companies donated $100,000 to make the event possible.  "Every OTA company is participating in this worthwhile event on Feb. 23," said Charles E. Moses, president of the association, which currently represents 41 telecommunications providers, three wireless providers and more than 100 associate member companies that supply goods and services to the telecommunications industry.

About the Ohio Telecom Association:  In total, the OTA member companies employ more than 16,000 Ohioans. OTA member companies are a critical component of Ohio's economy. From 2001 to 2003, Ohio's local telephone companies invested more than $2.5 billion in Ohio's telecommunications infrastructure and Ohio businesses.  For more information, visit:

About Connect Ohio:  As a public-private partnership, Connect Ohio partners with technology-minded businesses, government entities and universities to accelerate technology in the state.  For more information about what Connect Ohio is doing to accelerate technology in Ohio’s communities, visit:

About Windstream: Windstream Corporation is an S&P 500 company and provides voice, broadband and entertainment services to customers in 16 states. The company serves approximately 3.2 million access lines with  about $3.2 billion in annual revenues. In Ohio, Windstream employs more than 1,000 people and serves nearly 300,000 customers with operations based in Hudson. Windstream's Network Operations Center, or NOC,is based at Twinsburg . The NOC provides management and technical support for Windstream's entire landline  and transport network 24/7. For more information about Windstream, visit

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