In 2010, research suggested that one million households in Los Angeles did not own computers, and that in addition, half of LA’s residents did not have high-speed internet access. To combat this problem, the City of Los Angeles implemented the 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 came from 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 were set up at recreation centers by the Youth Policy Institute, Inc., another local recipient of a BTOP grant. These computer centers provide free public access to the Internet and free use of programs like Excel and Word. For more information, please browse this website or contact your local Recreation and Parks facility.