NBA star Magic Johnson joins city leaders to help with internet connectivity in underserved 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 goal of the program is to provide Internet service to people living in underserved areas.

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

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

The City estimates that up to 50% of homes in some communities do not have Internet access.

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

Since the start of my first term as mayor, I have focused on bridging the digital divide in our city.

This remains a priority of my administration and is another step in the development of programs such as our 2018 Digital Equity Initiative and our computer donation and recycling program, to mobilize broadband connectivity in underserved communities. . These initiatives ensure equitable access to affordable internet combined with comprehensive digital services for residents who do not have access to broadband, and we are delighted to partner with Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson and James ‘Jim’ Reynolds, Founders of JLC Infrastructure, to continue the work. started before the COVID-19 pandemic and achieve our goal of building fiber infrastructure.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell.


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