The FCC and non-profit organization Connect2Compete are expanding their efforts to provide low-cost access to technology with the "PC Pledge 100" campaign. With the help of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the initiative intends to increase computer ownership in low-income households through PCs donated from US organizations. Access to the internet and computers has become increasingly important for those in school or entering the job force. With studies showing that about 60 percent of low-income households do not have a computer and that 66 million US residents have no computer skills, Connect2Compete's low-cost PCs, internet services, and free digital literacy training have become an invaluable resource for those in need.
The "PC Pledge 100" program is looking for companies to provide at least 100 used computers each, a drop in the bucket compared to the 40 million PCs that businesses discard every year. Computer recycling company Redemtech will then refurbish the machines and install Windows 7 and productivity apps which, according to Computerworld, Microsoft is providing at a discounted cost. The donated computers will have minimum hardware requirements of at least an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or equivalent, 2GB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, DVD player, and a wireless internet card and Ethernet port.