These resources can help guide broadband implementation.
CTEP Americorp bridges the "digital divide" for new Immigrants and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. CTEP AmeriCorps members help youth and adults use technology to better access social, civic, educational and economic opportunities.
Technology Literacy Collaborative
The Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area has many grassroots efforts to promote digital inclusion. The many individual organizations have come together in support of each other and to share information at their website.
Reduced Rates for Broadband Service
If you are a low-income subscriber residing in either a Comcast, CenturyLink, Charter or Midcontinent area, you may be eligible for reduced pricing of monthly broadband service.
Other Minnesota cable companies (Mediacom and Sjoberg’s Cable) offer discounted pricing for broadband access as well under the federal Connect2Compete program. If your location is served by one of these cable companies, you may want to contact them directly to see if you are eligible.
Some Minnesota telephone companies offer the Lifeline discount for broadband service to low income households ($9.25/month or $34.25/month in tribal areas). If the telephone company serving your location also provides broadband service, you may want to contact them directly to see if they participate in this program.
PCs for People, in a partnership with Mobile Beacon, also offer a discounted 4G LTE wireless broadband service for between $11.25 and $16 per month to eligible low income households. More information on this program.
Both Comcast and CenturyLink offer discounted pricing on computers. Another option for a low-cost computer is available through the nonprofit PCs for People. Reach them by phone at 651-354-2552 or visit one of their offices (St. Paul, Mankato, Grand Rapids and Brainerd).
If you want to use a computer but do not want to own one or do not have a broadband connection, the Technology Literacy Collaborative lists community technology centers, including libraries, in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce was responsible for overseeing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for broadband adoption and public computing centers. Using the early results of its evaluation of these projects, the NTIA put together this report to assist others to reach, educate and support people who are not yet online.