NBA star Magic Johnson joins city leaders to help with internet connectivity in low-service areas

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — On April 1, 2022, Mayor Cantrell, NBA star Magic Johnson and the founders of JLC Infrastructure announced the rollout of the Smart City Initiative.

The aim of the program is to provide internet services to people in disadvantaged areas.

The initiative plans to bring services to three initial New Orleans Recreation Development Commission centers in the city.

The three areas include Joe W. Brown Park Recreation Center in District E, the Milne Recreation Center in District D, and the Treme Center in District C.

The city estimates that up to 50 percent of households in certain communities do not have internet access.

City officials said the initiative would bring digital equality to the city.

Since the beginning of my first term as mayor, my main focus has been on bridging the digital divide in our city.

This remains a priority of my administration and is the next step in developing programs such as our Digital Equity Initiative 2018 and Computer Donation and Recycle Program to mobilize broadband connections for underserved communities. These initiatives provide fair access to affordable internet combined with enveloping digital services for residents who lack broadband access, and we are excited to partner with Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson and James ‘Jim’ Reynolds, founders of JLC Infrastructure, to make it continue work started before the COVID-19 pandemic, and achieve our goal of building fiber infrastructure.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell

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