More than 4000 additional households connected to the Internet
Since the start of Covid-19 containment on March 25, 2020, more than 4,000 households have connected to the internet thanks to the subsidized Skinny Jump service, supported by the Spark Foundation.
Most of these 4,000 new clients come from six numerically excluded groups: the elderly, people from rural communities, people living in social housing, young Maori and Pasifikas, families with children in disadvantaged socio-economic areas. and people with disabilities. These groups reacted quickly when the Spark Foundation expanded the eligibility criteria, which coincidentally happened on the same day the Covid-19 lockdown began.
“The amazing thing is that this record number of registrations was reached, not only in just over two months, but also when most of the organizations that help people sign up for Skinny Jump shut down. their doors, ”said Laurence Zwimpfer, Chief Operating Officer of the Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa (DIAA). “We applaud the members of our 200 partner organizations, such as libraries and local community groups, who have made this possible by working from home and helping their communities register for Skinny Jump over the phone.
With New Zealand now at Level 1 for the Covid-19 response, Skinny Jump partners have reopened and most have resumed issuing modems and helping applicants in person set up their Skinny accounts.
“We encourage those looking for a Skinny Jump service to contact their nearest local partner for assistance. We also want to thank the family members who helped whānau connect to Jump. Almost every day we hear stories of family members helping whānau install their Skinny Jump modems, ”Zwimpfer concluded.
About the Skinny Jump service
Skinny Jump is a program designed to help more New Zealanders access affordable broadband at home. Skinny Jump currently supports just under 10,000 New Zealand households. There is no upfront charge; the wireless modem is free and comes with 30 GB preloaded. A maximum of five recharges is allowed; each 30 GB recharge costs $ 5. There is no credit check and no contract. Jump is intended for households that do not need more than 150 GB per month. Households requiring more than 150 GB per month should explore other plans. A unique feature of Skinny Jump is that it is only available through DIAA’s National Stepping UP Partner Network, a nationwide network of over 200 organizations. www.skinny.co.nz/jump
About the Aotearoa Digital Inclusion Alliance (DIAA)
The Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa was created in 2018 to foster socially inclusive communities where everyone has equitable opportunities to meaningfully engage with digital technologies and benefit from their use.
It aims to build the confidence and ability of people living in New Zealand to engage online to advance their own education, employment, health and well-being as well as that of their whānau.
The Alliance acts as a catalyst for digital inclusion initiatives, working with local communities, nonprofits, businesses and government agencies to pursue a shared vision for digital inclusion.
Any organization or individual working towards a more digitally inclusive community is welcome to become an Alliance partner. www.diaa.nz
About Spark Foundation
Spark Foundation is the charity of Spark New Zealand. Our vision is that no New Zealanders are left behind in a digital world. Our mission is to accelerate towards digital equity, including access, skills, capabilities and well-being in the digital age. The Spark Foundation funds the Skinny Jump service to make it affordable for all New Zealand households.