REDWOOD SHORES, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 20, 2016) - There are many things that keep women from (re)entering the workforce, and access to technology is one of the main hurdles. Nearly 50 million Americans do not have access to the internet, and for those without the ability to get online, searching for a job becomes nearly impossible. Which is why iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), the leading provider of global mobile connectivity, announced it will provide New York-based charity Bottomless Closet with three months of free, unlimited Wi-Fi to 3,000 of the non-profit's disadvantaged clients in honor of the Wireless Broadband Alliance's inaugural World Wi-Fi Day.
Over the course of the next year, 3,000 Bottomless Closet clients, who are transitioning into the workforce, will receive three months of free iPass service. Once activated, the service will provide each user with complimentary, unlimited access to iPass' global network of more than 53 million hotspots across more than 120 countries, including 31 million in the U.S., allowing them to remain connected wherever they are.
"Connectivity has become a fundamental requirement for engaging in and getting ahead in today's world," said Patricia Hume, Chief Commercial Officer of iPass. "Bottomless Closet is doing incredible work to help women overcome socioeconomic barriers 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. "
The iPass alliance with Bottomless Closet was launched to mark the first-ever World Wi-Fi Day, announced earlier this year by the Wireless Broadband Alliance as part of an initiative to expand wireless internet connectivity across both the developed and under-developed 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 on June 20 and beyond 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 Melissa Norden, Executive 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 interview 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 the 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 53 million hotspots in more than 120 countries, 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 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
Bottomless Closet's mission is to be the connection that inspires and guides disadvantaged New York City women to enter the workforce and achieve success. Bottomless Closet offers an innovative approach to workforce preparation for women transitioning from unemployment and public assistance to work. Comprehensive services include the selection of high quality interview attire, 1:1 resume review/preparation and interview coaching as well as a broad workshop curriculum that promotes professional development, financial management and personal enrichment.
Services and programming, offered through a personalized/one-on-one approach, help eradicate many of the barriers New York City women face in their search for, and retention, of employment.