AT&T Hooks Up Missouri NAACP
But AT& T's decision to give the grant to the Missouri NAACP was not an easy one. The company had more than 200 applications for the state grant. AT&T's accelerator program made the grant possible. The program started in 2002.
"We look at the qualities of the organization, we look at the need, does it fit our strategy," said Missouri AT&T spokesperson Madeline Romious.
The NAACP looks forward to using the money to better its technology.
"This is a wonderful grant and will allow this organization to do great things," said Columbia Rep. (D) Jeff Harris.
While most of the money will be used to buy new computers, some of the grant will be used to fund an online network that will connect the branches throughout Missouri.
Those at the conference hope the new grant will connect them with all branches. Even those outside Missouri.