Knight Foundation Vice President/Strategic Initiatives Paula Ellis on Connect to Compete and broadband adoption
When a bold or cutting-edge idea is proposed, it is difficult to find partners who are willing to back ideas that have never been attempted. However, there are those visionary leaders who see the potential and promise of unexplored territory. The FCC has announced an unprecedented coalition of those visionary leaders who will partner for Connect to Compete, one of the biggest efforts to promote digital opportunities for disadvantaged people.
In continuing to unveil the details about Connect to Compete, the FCC today announced a $4 billion initiative from this country’s leading Internet service providers and technology companies, which will provide affordable broadband access for eligible families. Families with at least one child enrolled in the free school lunch program will be eligible to receive high-speed Internet for $9.95 a month and refurbished computers for $150 or new computers beginning at $250, with financing options to help with upfront costs.