Connected Students project Telstra’s Connected Students project measures the impacts of removing affordability barriers to digital inclusion for low-income households in the Shepparton region. Telstra's Connected Students program Telstra’s Connected Students program measures the impacts of removing affordability barriers to digital inclusion for low-income households in the Shepparton region. The Connected Students program provided technology kits to low-income households with at least one youth between 15 and 18 years of age in secondary education. The technology kits consisted of a laptop, a router, and an activated SIM card providing unlimited broadband for the project’s two-year duration. Project goals The project evaluation, led by Dr Jenny Kennedy, aims to: Evidence the value of connectivity and individual device access for students and education; andEvidence the impact of unaffordable connectivity (i.e., access that creates and/or requires financial strain) on digital inclusion. Published data and findings will be shared on this page.