Back to school shopping is in full swing. Many families are focusing on getting the supplies and outfits their students will need to have a successful year. Unfortunately one out of every four households in America lacks access to what is increasingly a necessary item for success, home broadband (Internet) access.
This lack of connectivity is often the result of an absence of affordable options. Below are links to current low-cost broadband offerings from providers across the country.
The Internet has revolutionized the way we learn, work, and do business. Home broadband access has become more and more of a need for families to participate in modern society. Job applications, homework, health services and a host of other daily activities require high-speed connectivity.
Studies show that students without access are struggling as schools begin to use more online resources, including putting daily assignments online. This disadvantage continues out of the classroom and into the workplace, where eighty percent of Fortune Five Hundred businesses have moved job applications online and the use of social media by job recruiters to attract candidates is standard.
In an effort to help close the “digital divide”, companies such as AT&T, CenturyLink, Charter Communications (Spectrum) and Comcast are stepping up to address the problem. Each has developed a program to provide low-cost, high-speed service to households that meet certain requirements. A few of these programs also provide access to low-cost computers, smartphones and tablets to those who qualify.
Click on the service provider(s) that offers home Internet at your address to learn more about the programs offered.
If you live an area not served by one of the above providers EveryoneOn’s Connect2Compete program may have options in your area.