Several new programs designed to bring cheap, high-speed internet to low-income Americans are now available and others are coming soon. CheapInternet.com, the nation’s leading authority on all these programs, is now offering an easy-to-understand guide to all the benefits of all these programs.
“Connect2Compete announced that in September it’s rolling out cheap, high-speed, broadband internet access for the nation’s needy,” said Mark Henry, editor of CheapInternet.com. “It’s a great program designed to reduce the digital divide between rich and poor.”
It’s easy to qualify, too. “If you have a child who participates in the free school lunch program,” Henry continued, “you automatically qualify for the very affordable, $9.95 per month high speed internet access.”
Unfortunately, cheap internet access is provided by a wide assortment of overlapping private and public entities and can be very confusing. That’s what prompted Henry and his associates to create CheapInternet.com, a website dedicated to clearing up that confusion and making it easy for low-income Americans to sign up.
To a large degree, the confusion arises from the number of cheap internet programs and the fact that they sometimes compete with each other.
For example, Connect2Compete is backed by a coalition of, but not all, large cable TV companies. Internet Essentials, another almost identical cheap internet program, is operated by Comcast, the largest cable TV provider. Similarly, CenturyLink, one of the nation’s largest telephone companies, offers Internet Basics, its version of a low-income program. The Federal Communications Commission is also testing another virtually identical program dubbed Lifeline Internet and patterned after the popular free government cell phone program. And as if all that weren’t confusing enough, there are more localized programs such as California’s School2Home and Knology Lifeline Internet in Kansas.
“CheapInternet.com is here to clear up all the confusion,” Henry said. “Low-income Americans desperately need inexpensive access to high-speed broadband internet. And we’re here to show them how to get it.”