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I need help to afford internet at my home

asked 2015-11-02 12:31:47 -0800

Terrie kimbel gravatar image

updated 2015-11-07 18:10:51 -0800

Nancy gravatar image

I am unemployed and my benefits have ended. I have no income, no job, i live in a very rural area and internet providers are few and very expensive. I am 22 miles from town and can't afford gas to utilize internet options available. I have to have the internet to access jobs, send resumes etc. Is there any help for people who need internet access but can't afford it?

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answered 2015-11-07 18:14:30 -0800

Daniel gravatar image

HI Terrie. There is in fact help out there for people just like yourself. I don't know just how rural an area you live in, but a relatively new program called Connect2Compete is designed for folks who can't afford a smart phone or computer or internet access. It is for low income people and families. Eligibility is often determined by whether you have a child in a free lunch program at school, if you are receiving SNAP or TANF benefits, or if you live in one of 14,000 zip codes where the average income is $35,000 or less. Sounds like that might be the case!  There are also programs aimed at getting smart phones and voice/data plans for those same people. Please take a look at this article to learn more about it and how to see if it's available in your area.

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