PCs for People in Kanabec

Kanabec County PCs for PeopleKanabec County is a Blandin Broadband Community. As part of that relationship, they have been working with PCs for People to distribute refurbished computers in their area. It was nice to see the story in the Kanabec County Times

Families lined up at Ogilvie School Oct. 7 to bring home free computers in hopes of improving overall quality of life.

Fifty-two families from the Ogilvie and Mora areas were given free computers by the Kanabec Broadband Initiative (KBI) thanks to money they received from a Blandin Broadband Communities grant.

KBI member Marc Johnson said having computers in their homes helps people more easily access social services, medical and educational resources….

The computers came from PCs for People—a nonprofit organization that collects computers from private and corporate donations, then refurbishes and redistributes them. The computers come with some basic software including Windows 7, an anti-virus and word processor.

Each family that received a computer also completed training on how to use the computers including how to avoid problems like computer viruses.

Kanabec Systems is providing technical support to these families for a limited amount of time. The families were also offered a reduced price for Internet connection from Midcontinent Communications and CenturyLink.

This entry was posted in BCBP, Blandin Foundation, Digital Divide, MN by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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