I just wanted to spread the word about a new program Connect to Compete which is a “private and nonprofit sector partnership to promote broadband adoption and improve outcomes in disadvantaged communities” that offers broadband internet access for $9.95 a month as well as discounted computers and digital literacy classes. Partners include Cox, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Cablevision, and more.
The discounts are available to households with at least one child eligible for the free National School Lunch Program (offering millions of lunches and growing). According to the income guidelines, a family of 4 within the lower 48 states can’t make more than $29,055 a year to qualify. Also, you must not have outstanding balances with the service provider. The program will not go nationwide until September 2012, but there is a sign-up form on the website to be notified when is arrives in your area.
If you are served by Comcast, this is very similar to Comcast Internet Essentials, which appears to be live already.