WeLink and Los Angeles County Partner to Pioneer Fairer, Faster, Affordable Internet Access for 1 Million Angelenos

WeLink Will Deliver New Digital Infrastructure and Best-In-Class Internet Connectivity to South Los Angeles and East Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Los Angeles, California – WeLink Communications, Inc. (WeLink), the trailblazing provider of ultrafast, affordable internet, announces a landmark partnership with Los Angeles County (LA County) aimed at revolutionizing access to broadband for over one million Angelenos and thousands of local small businesses. LA County is providing $45 million through the federal American Rescue Plan Act, which will be combined with WeLink’s own private capital. This collaboration is a milestone in deleting the digital divide and ensuring equity in an increasingly digital society.

WeLink was selected by Los Angeles County through a highly competitive multi-stage process to serve as its inaugural partner for the County’s Community Broadband Networks initiative. Devised to help address the hundreds of thousands of households in the County without home internet service, this is a bold new approach that will benefit Angelenos and serve as a model for other communities to follow.

WeLink is known for its breakthrough mmWave wireless technology, which extends the reach of gigabit internet at a fraction of the cost and time per home passed compared to traditional fiber optic deployments—all while delivering fiber-class performance. WeLink offers lightning-fast internet speeds ranging from 500 megabits per second (Mbps) symmetrical to 2 gigabits per second (Gbps) symmetrical—up to 20 times faster download speed and up to 100 times faster upload speed than the new Federal Communications Commission broadband benchmark. WeLink’s ultrafast internet service will transform the way Angeleno households experience the internet.

Over the course of the multi-year agreement, WeLink will quickly build the new digital infrastructure needed to deliver internet service that puts historically under-resourced communities on par with some of the nation’s wealthiest. Construction is expected to begin in Summer 2024, with internet service rolling out beginning in Fall 2024.

WeLink’s transparent and affordable pricing will further ensure that no household is left on the wrong side of the digital divide. Subscribers can choose between service plans priced at $65, $75, and $85 monthly. Qualified low-income households in the service area will receive a $40 discount off the same best-in-class speeds and performance, for service plans as low as $25 per month. Every WeLink subscription also includes unlimited data, a high-performance Wi-Fi router, and professional installation and setup at no cost.

WeLink and LA County’s partnership will focus on connecting South LA and East LA & Boyle Heights, which are vibrant and diverse communities that have long faced systemic barriers to digital access. The service areas span 68 miles and are home to over 275,000 households, with the vast majority of the population identifying as a racial or ethnic minority. South LA has been shaped by its history of predominantly Black neighborhoods, while East LA communities are majority Latino. WeLink will collaborate with community-based organizations—and the numerous local partners in their networks—to maximize impact in these communities.

The partnership will focus on bringing connectivity to households that stand to gain the most from an affordable, reliable, ultra-high speed internet connection: lower income households, English-language learners, older adults, people with disabilities, and students and their families, among others. This partnership aims to connect the tens of thousands of South LA and East LA households that currently do not have a home broadband subscription today, and to lower prices and improve speeds for everyone.

Los Angeles County officials are highly supportive of the selection of WeLink for the Community Broadband Networks:

The City of Los Angeles has also voiced its support, at the highest level, for this critical effort:

Residents of the two service areas who are interested in learning more can sign up for updates at WeLink.com/LACounty.

Community Broadband Network South LA and East LA & Boyle Heights Service Areas:

Service area map of Community Broadband Network South LA and East LA & Boyle Heights

About WeLink Communications

WeLink is a rapidly growing internet service provider with the motto “Internet by the people, for the people.” Founded in 2018 by broadband industry veterans who believed there had to be a better way than the broken status quo, WeLink prides itself on delivering consistently fast speeds, stronger Wi-Fi, straightforward pricing, and quality customer service. The company’s groundbreaking technology is faster to deploy and more cost-effective than traditional fiber, making it an ideal solution for many communities. Its urban division, WeLink Cities, was formed to maximize the company’s social impact through partnerships that build on federal, state, and local broadband programs to deliver a digital future in which everybody thrives.

About the County of Los Angeles

Los Angeles County, one of California’s original 27 counties, was established on February 18, 1850. It is one of the nation’s largest counties with 4,084 square miles and has the largest population of any county in the nation—nearly 10 million residents who account for approximately 27 percent of California’s population. As a subdivision of the state, the County is charged with providing numerous services that affect the lives of all residents, including law enforcement, tax collection, public health protection, public social services, elections, and flood control.

About the Internal Services Department

The Internal Services Department (ISD) is a general services organization that supports the County of Los Angeles by providing a range of support services to other County departments in the areas of purchasing, contracting, facilities, information technology, and other support services, such as energy and environmental programs management, parking, and mail services. ISD has been designated by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors as the lead department for residential broadband service initiatives. ISD also administers Delete The Divide, an initiative to advance digital equity in underserved communities through partnerships, infrastructure investments, and technology resources that empower residents and small businesses. For more information, visit https://www.deletethedivide.org/.

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