One million households in Los Angeles do not own computers. In addition, half of LA’s residents do not have high-speed internet access. To combat this problem, the City of Los Angeles is implementing Los Angeles Computer Access Network (LA-CAN) computer centers at 188 facilities citywide. These computer centers are located at libraries and workforce training centers, youth and family centers, and parks and recreation community centers. Funding for the computer centers is provided by a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided by the United States Department of Commerce.
Out of the 188 LA-CAN/BTOP public computer centers, 67 are located within City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Department facilities. Another 9 centers are being set up at recreation centers by the Youth Policy Institute, Inc., another local recipient of a BTOP grant. Twelve of these centers will offer free, BTOP funded basic computer skills classes in basic computer and internet skills and Microsoft Word and Excel. For more information, please browse this website or contact your local Recreation and Parks facility.