President Obama’s Comments on Broadband Accessibility Reinforce CSD’s Project Endeavor

CSD’s Project Endeavor is bringing broadband wireless accessibility to the nation’s deaf and hard of hearing community.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Jan. 27, 2011) — During President Obama’s State of the Union address, he noted that broadband wireless access should be available to 80 percent of all Americans. CSD is doing its part in bringing that level of access to low income deaf and hard of hearing Americans all across the country.

CSD was awarded a $14.9 million contract specifically to create access to high-speed Internet for low-income deaf and hard of hearing people. CSD has called this recently launched program “Project Endeavor.” Besides creating approximately 60 jobs, the Project Endeavor contact center is currently qualifying consumers for a notebook computer and a 12-month wireless broadband plan, pending income guidelines.

“CSD applauds President Obama’s focus on ensuring each American’s right to high speed Internet access,” said Benjamin Soukup, CSD chief executive officer. “As an organization working towards that broadband accessibility goal every day with Project Endeavor, we appreciate the ongoing support from a federal level and from the White House itself. Without the weight of the president’s words, many deaf and hard of hearing Americans may find themselves without an avenue to the very access so many take for granted.”

For more information on CSD, go to www.c-s-d.org, and for Project Endeavor, go to www.projectendeavor.com.

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Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc. (CSD) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing broad–based services, ensuring public accessibility and increasing public awareness of issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Through global leadership and a continuum of quality communication services and human service programs, CSD provides the tools conducive to a positive and fully integrated life.

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