Partnership with Bottomless Closet to Bring Unlimited Wi-Fi Access to Thousands of Women
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., June 20, 2018 — Access to technology is among the most critical obstacles preventing women from joining the workforce. Nearly 50 million Americans do not have access to the internet, and those without the ability to get online are at a severe disadvantage in the job market. For this reason, iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), a leading provider of global mobile connectivity, today announced it will extend its partnership with Bottomless Closet – a nonprofit that helps disadvantaged New York City women re-enter the workforce and achieve success – to provide its clients with six months of free, unlimited Wi-Fi.
In honor of World Wi-Fi Day, over the course of the next year, iPass will provide up to 3,000 Bottomless Closet clients free access to the iPass SmartConnect™ service while they conduct their job searches. Once activated, the service will provide each user with free access to the iPass global network of more than 64 million hotspots, including millions of hotspots in the U.S.
“Connectivity has become a fundamental requirement for engaging in and getting ahead in today’s world,” said Patricia Hume, chief operating officer of iPass. “Bottomless Closet is doing great work to help women overcome incredible obstacles to transform their lives, and we believe internet access is an important tool in that work. Given that approximately 21 percent of unemployed New York City residents lack internet access, we are excited to partner with Bottomless Closet and support the mission of World Wi-Fi Day by delivering free internet access to those who need it.”
iPass and Bottomless Closet originally launched their partnership on June 20, 2016 in conjunction with the inaugural World Wi-Fi Day – a Wireless Broadband Alliance initiative promoting wireless internet connectivity across both the developed and developing world. The Wireless Broadband Alliance, the preeminent organization driving the adoption of wireless broadband, is urging cities, government agencies, fixed and mobile operators, technology vendors, internet companies and service providers, as well as retailers, to collaborate in an effort to deliver connectivity to people in all corners of the globe.
“For the women we serve, cost-free access to the iPass Wi-Fi network will undoubtedly prove to be a significant resource that can assist them in their job searches, enabling them to compete on an equal playing field,” said Pam Kulnis, program director at Bottomless Closet.
Bottomless Closet provides disadvantaged New York City women, many of whom are transitioning from unemployment and public assistance, with comprehensive services to help them return to or enter the workforce. Their job-readiness services include the selection and provision of suitable workplace attire, one-on-one resume assistance and interview coaching, as well as access to a range of relevant workshops pertaining to professional and personal development.
About iPass Inc.
iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) is a leading provider of global mobile connectivity, offering simple, secure, always-on Wi-Fi access on any mobile device. Built on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, the iPass cloud-based service keeps its customers connected by providing unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity on unlimited devices. iPass is the world’s largest Wi-Fi network, with more than 64 million hotspots around the globe, at airports, hotels, train stations, convention centers, outdoor venues, inflight, and more. Using patented technology, the iPass SmartConnect™ platform takes the guesswork out of Wi-Fi, automatically connecting customers to the best hotspot for their needs. Customers simply download the iPass SmartConnect app to experience unlimited, everywhere, and invisible Wi-Fi.
iPass® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners.
About Bottomless Closet
Founded in 1999, Bottomless Closet is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to be the connection that inspires and guides disadvantaged New York City women to enter the workforce and achieve success through a host of services and programming, including the selection of interview attire, one-to-one resume review, interview coaching and a broad workshop curriculum that promotes professional development, financial management and personal enrichment. More than 30,000 women have been served by the organization since its inception in 1999. For more information, please visit www.bottomlessclosetnyc.org, and be sure to follow Bottomless Closet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and LinkedIn.
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