Low Cost Broadband Option in the Twin Cities via PCs for People

PCs for People distributes refurbished computers to low cost households. They have a few offices and/or relationships in rural Minnesota but today I have a story that relates mostly to their Twin Cities patrons. They have provided a broadband option with the computer for a while now.  They ran into a problem when their last provider quit offering low cost services – but they are now working with Sprint to offer high speed wireless services – hotspots that will accommodate up to 10 WiFi devices.

Here’s a sample of their service:

12 months for $180
Includes Netgear Fuse or Sprint MiFi modem ($74.95) + 12 months service ($120)
Unlimited 4G LTE Service*
No Throttle
No hidden fees
Customer must prove eligibility yearly

*Sprint is providing PCs for People’s users with an unlimited 4G LTE data-only plan subject to Sprint’s network management policy for the unlimited LTE plan it offers its own retail customers.

It’s cost-effective and one of the advantages is the portability of the service. So if the subscriber moves, the connection moves with them – so long as they move to an area Sprint covers, which means most of the Twin Cities.

It’s good news for folks in the area, in fact I know PCs for People has been signing people up as fast as their staff can fill out the paperwork. Also it’s an example of why it’s harder to get broadband in rural areas.

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

About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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