The Digital Divide

The internet provides real-life educational and economic opportunity. Without it, people face significant challenges and barriers.

DID YOU KNOW? Students who have access to internet-read computers at home are 6 to 8 percent more likely to graduate from high school than those who do not have access, all other factors considered. 

DID YOU KNOW? People in the United States that have a home internet connection are employed 25 percent faster, which translates to more than $5,400 in additional annual income (as of 2016).

Read more about the Digital Divide or visit our FAQ.

Our History

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EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunity by connecting everyone to the internet.

Spurred by a challenge from the Federal Communications Commission to help connect all people in the United States, EveryoneOn began in 2012 as a public awareness campaign and digital inclusion pilot. Currently, we work to connect people living in the United States to low-cost home internet service, affordable computers and tablets, and digital literacy training. Since 2012, we have connected more than 600,000 people in 48 states, with the goal to connect one million people by 2020.

Other Projects



In 2015, EveryoneOn launched a new state-based program called JerseyOn. The program is devoted to closing the digital divide by providing unconnected, low-income households access to free or low-cost Internet service.



Connect2Compete (C2C) is EveryoneOn’s flagship program for K-12 students and provides affordable Internet and devices to students and families that qualify for the National School Lunch Program. C2C is offered in partnership with leading cable companies including Cox Communications and others. Eligible customers receive fast, affordable Internet for as low as $9.95 per month (plus tax). For most customers, there is no deposit required, contracts to sign, or installation or modem rental fees.


In June 2013, President Barack Obama announced the development of ConnectED, a new White House education initiative. ConnectED’s goal is to put high-speed Internet in every schoolroom in the United States and give students and teachers access to cutting-edge educational technology. To date, leading private sector tech companies have donated close to $2 billion in free hardware, software, content, and wireless connectivity. EveryoneOn supported the ConnectED initiative in the following ways:

  • Served as a national nonprofit partner.
  • Sponsored the National Advisory Council on Educational Technology (NACET).
  • Drove awareness and adoption of the new offers through the initiative.
  • Helped corporate partners implement ConnectED commitments.

Our Model

Creation and Deployment of Low-Cost HOME INTERNET SERVICE in Partnership with INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS

We work with companies to create affordable offers, usually priced between $10 to $20 per month.

Technology Enabled Awareness and Access

We've created the “travelocity” for affordable internet, devices like computers and tablets, and digital literacy training. You can tell us a few things about yourself using our unique platform and we'll recommend options. 

People and Partners On the Ground to Take Offers to Families and People In Need

Our five regional directors and more than 700 partner organizations around the country are on-the-ground in almost every state, bringing offers and services directly to families.


Staff & Boards


 Vin Menon President & COO

Vin Menon
President & COO

 Norma Fernandez Chief Programs Officer

Norma Fernandez
Chief Programs Officer

 Maribel Martinez National Programs Director

Maribel Martinez
National Programs Director


Board of Directors and Advisers

 Zach Leverenz Board Chair

Zach Leverenz
Board Chair

 Nicole Sanchez Board Member

Nicole Sanchez
Board Member

 Erica Swanson Board Member

Erica Swanson
Board Member

 Marco Lopez Board Member

Marco Lopez
Board Member

 Carlos Slim Helú Board Member

Carlos Slim Helú
Board Member

 Jorge Martinez Board Memeber

Jorge Martinez
Board Memeber

 Jordan Usdan Adviser

Jordan Usdan

 Paula Ellis Adviser

Paula Ellis


Corporate Advisory Board

  • Vincent DiBiase, Chief Executive Officer, T3 Partners

  • Scott Kinney, Senior Vice President, Discovery Education

  • Peter McElligott, Senior Counsel for Telecommunications, Citrix

  • Ben Roberts, Account Director, The Martin Agency

  • Eric Seguin, Senior Vice President of Government Programs, Solix, Inc.

  • James Spillane, Director of Project ConnectED, Sprint

  • Stephen Stokols, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, FreedomPop

  • Steve Trimitiere, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, FamilyWize

  • Jordan Usdan, Principal Strategist for the Chief Strategy Officer, Microsoft

  • Stephen Wakefield, Vice President of Public Affairs, Discovery Education

  • Monique Woodard, Founder & Executive Director, Black Founders

Annual Report & 990 Forms

Tax Filings (IRS Form 990)

Annual Reports


Why aren’t people online? Can’t anyone get connected who really wants to be?

People are not online for many reasons including not having access to the internet (this means they can’t get internet at home) and thinking the internet is not relevant for them (I don’t need or want the internet). However, the number one reason that people do not have internet in their home is cost. According to research from Pew Research Center and from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and Rutgers University, the overwhelming and prime barrier to families getting online is cost. While it is important to deal with other barriers like lack of awareness or cumbersome sign-up processes, we will never close the digital divide in the United States unless there are affordable quality at-home internet options for everyone in this country. It is why EveryoneOn has worked so hard with our partners in the internet service provider space on deploying affordably priced internet service offerings.

Why do people need to be online at home? Isn’t a smart phone enough?

Smartphones spread the power of the Internet to low-income people, but the mobile phone actually prohibits these smartphone-dependent users from harnessing the full power of connectivity. It is difficult to write a resume, fill out job applications, or complete school work effectively on a smartphone.

In short, internet capability, data levels, computer and digital literacy skills, and screen size are still critical to realizing the promise of technology for evening playing fields and opportunity. Smartphones can be a stepping stone or minimum best solution for the chronically unconnected, but they are not a comprehensive solution in and of itself.

What is EveryoneOn? What do you do?

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunity by connecting everyone to the internet. We work to connect people living in the United States to low-cost home internet service, affordable computers and tablets, and digital literacy training.

How many people are not connected to the internet at home? Who are they? Isn’t this mainly a rural problem?

Approximately 62 million people in the United States don’t use (adopt) the Internet at home, according to the American Community Survey. This means they may or may not have the ability to access to the internet, but they don’t use/adopt the internet. This means they may or may not have the ability to access to the internet, but they don’t use/adopt the Internet. The divide cuts across all demographics and geographies, but has a strong hold amongst minority and low-income populations.

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718 7th St NW
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Washington, DC 20001