IMPORTANT: VTX1 says “our company has individual pricing now per region the specific customer is in and qualified by what service offerings are in that region. This is why we are not providing a blanket pricing. Each customer and region is different.” They have also requested that we do not send visitors to their website, so we recommend to skip VTX1 if you are looking for a low-income internet plan.
VTX1 is another one of those community-minded cable companies that participates in the EveryoneOn/Connect2Compete coalition. That means they offer high speed, low-cost wireless internet access to low income residents of the areas they serve in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
While most of the cable companies across the country that participate in this program offer internet access for just $9.95 per month, VTX1’s price is slightly higher at $14.95 per month. But there’s no set-up fee and no contract required. And they way we look at it, $14.95 is still cheaper — a lot cheaper — than regular internet plans.
Exactly what low income folks in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas need
45% of families earning less than $30,000 per year don’t have internet access. In this interconnected age in which we live, that is clearly a huge problem for all the adults and children in those homes. Without the internet at their fingertips, adults are unable to find and apply for desperately-needed jobs. They contact medical professionals when the need arises. And theri children find it nearly impossible to keep up in school.
VTX1 joined the Connect2Compete coalition in an effort to bridge the huge Digital Divide that separates the internet usage of wealthy Americans and more financially-insecure Americans.
If any child in your household is eligible for the National School Lunch Program and if you live in areas serviced by VTX1 (parts of three states – Texas, New Mexico and Arizona), you may be able to sign up for high-speed broadband internet service in your home for just $14.95 per month.
Do you live in an area served by VTX1? If so, you may be able eligible for its low-income internet program. (See below for a “complete” list of areas covered by VTX1.)
Are you eligible for $14.95 per month high-speed internet?
If you can answer these three simple questions, you may be eligible for VTX1’s $14.95 high-speed, low-cost internet plan:
Question #1: Is at least one child in your household eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program? Please note that the regulations don’t say that your child must participate in the program — just that they must be eligible to participate.
Question #2: Have you subscribed to any VTX1 (Valley Telephone Cooperative) service within the last 90 days? Unfortunately, you’re not eligible if you have. Your only options are (1) If you’ve already cancelled your subscription, wait until 90 days is up before applying for the $14.95 monthly plan or (2) If you currently subscribe to VTX1 cable, cancel your subscription and wait for 90 days before reapplying.
Question #3: Do you have any outstanding VTX1 bills or any unreturned VTX1 equipment? Oops. You’ll need to pay off the balance on your overdue account and take back any VTX equipment still lying around your house. Take care of those things and you can apply for the $14.95 monthly internet service.
If you’re eligible, you can sign up for this super-low monthly rate for up to two years. You’ll remain eligible as long as at least one child in your household is eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.
Does that doesn’t mean your subscription will automatically be ended after 24 months? Absolutely not. To continue the program indefinitely, you merely have to re-qualify under the very same rules.
Computers for less than $150. And more.
Low-cost, high-speed internet access is just the beginning of the bargains available through VTX1 and Connect2Compete.
You can’t get on the internet without a computer, so qualifying low-income families will also be able to buy laptop computers for as little as $162 and tablets just $142. No matter which one you choose, it will be pre-loaded with Microsoft Office. And that means you can take it out of the box and do just about everything you need to do with a home computer. Shipping is free and your computer comes with a 90-day warranty.
But that’s not all you get from VTX1 and Connect2Compete. Connect2Compete and VTX1 also provide free training that will teach you how to use your computer and also teach you all the ins-and-outs of using the internet.
Before you know it, you’ll be using the internet to find and apply for jobs. And your kids will be using it to do their schoolwork and learn so much more about the world around them.
How to Apply to VTX1’s Connect2Compete Plan
Like most partners of the Connect2Compete program, you need to apply not at their website, but at EveryoneOn.org. At Everyoneon, you will supply your zip code and the website or the representative will tell if you VTX is available at your address.
Enroll at: EveryoneOn.org, or call them at 800-446-2031.
The Valley Telephone Cooperative opened its door back in 1952 and began offering telephone service in areas the larger companies ignored.
The company’s website days, “The idea began in the 1950’s when rural homes received electrical service by cooperatives funded by Rural Electrification programs. As the number of homes with this commodity increased, rural residents across the country began to express interest in receiving telephone service. To increase economic opportunities and improve the quality of life in the rural areas, the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), currently known as Rural Utilities Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, created a telephone branch to provide low interest loans to telephone cooperatives so they could provide service.”
VTX1, the Valley Telephone Cooperative’s new name, now offers cable television and high-speed internet in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
Phone: VTX1 at 800-446-2031
Cities in which VTX1 offers Low-Income Internet
Please keep in mind that cable companies constantly buy, sell and exchange municipal franchises, so this information is only accurate as of our date of publication. Has VTX1 added to the list of cities it serves? Has it left other cities? We recommend double checking to make sure you’re working with the latest, most accurate information.
BroadbandNow.com, which does a great job covering the high speed internet industry, was the source of the following information:
VTX – ARIZONA: Bisbee, Blue, Bowie, Central, Clifton, Cochise, Douglas, Dragoon, Duncan, Eden, Elfrida, Fort Thomas, Huachuca City, McNeal, Morenci, Pearce, Pima, Safford, Saint David, San Simon, Sierra Vista, Solomon, Thatcher, Tombstone, Willcox
VTX – NEW MEXICO: Animas, Bayard, Columbus, Deming, Hachita, Hurley, Lordsburg, Playas, Rodeo, Silver City, Tyrone
VTX – TEXAS: Alamo, Alice, Armstrong, Artesia Wells, Asherton, Bandera, Batesville, Beeville, Ben Bolt, Benavides, Big Wells, Bigfoot, Brownsville, Bruni, Calliham, Campbellton, Carrizo Springs, Catarina, Charlotte, Christine, Combes, Concepcion, Cotulla, Crystal City, D’Hanis, Delmita, Devine, Dilley, Donna, Edcouch, Edinburg, Elsa, Encinal, Encino, Falcon Heights, Falfurrias, Fowlerton, Freer, George West, Hargill, Harlingen, Hebbronville, Hidalgo, Hondo, Jourdanton, La Blanca, La Feria, La Joya, La Pryor, La Villa, Laredo, Lasara, Linn, Lopeno, Los Ebanos, Los Fresnos, Los Indios, Lyford, Lytle, Mathis, Mcallen, Mercedes, Mirando City, Mission, Moore, Natalia, Oilton, Olmito, Orange Grove, Pearsall, Penitas, Pharr, Pleasanton, Port Isabel, Port Mansfield, Poteet, Premont, Progreso, Raymondville, Realitos, Rio Grande City, Rio Hondo, Robstown, Roma, Salineno, San Benito, San Diego, San Isidro, San Juan, San Perlita, San Ygnacio, Sandia, Santa Elena, Santa Maria, Santa Rosa, Sarita, Sebastian, Somerset, South Padre Island, Sullivan City, Three Rivers, Tilden, Utopia, Weslaco, Whitsett, Yancey, Zapata