The good news, we suppose, is that Connect2Compete (pronounced Connect To Compete) has introduced new rules that make more people eligible for cheap internet, cheap computers, and digital literacy training.
The bad news is that the 64 words that outline those new rules are almost incomprehensible.
Here’s how the Connect2Compete website explains it:
There are three ways to qualify. First – if your family is on the free or reduced school lunch program. Second – if you belong to a non-profit organization that has been approved as an ‘EveryoneOn’ partner. Third – If you live in one of 14,000 zip codes across the country as defined by having the median income of the county being under $35,000.
Let’s take this one at a time:
“First – if your family is on the free or reduced school lunch program.” Until the new rules were introduced yesterday, this was the only way to qualify for Connect2Compete. Many people complained that the requirement was too narrow and that other needy Americans – senior citizens, for example – were unfairly excluded from the program.
“Second – if you belong to a non-profit organization that has been approved as an ‘EveryoneOn’ partner.” We’re not sure what “belong to a non-profit organization” means. We’re not sure why a new, relatively unknown organization like Connect2Compete would introduce another confusing level of branding like EveryoneOn. Why not keep it simple to understand by calling them Connect2Compete partners?
“Third – If you live in one of 14,000 zip codes across the country as defined by having the median income of the county being under $35,000.” Does this mean that millionaires qualify for the program if they live in low-income areas? Does it mean that low-income Americans who don’t live in one of those 14,000 zip codes don’t qualify unless they qualify under #1 or #2?
C’mon, Connect2Compete. We’re your biggest supporters, and we think you’ve done the right thing by expanding the number of people who are eligible. But more people will apply if you make the rules simpler to understand.