HBC offers free broadband to low income households amid coronavirus closures

RiverTowns.net reports…

Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC) will provide two months of free broadband service to eligible low-income households, as a number of Minnesota and Wisconsin schools announce closures amid concerns about COVID-19.

In a news release from the company, HBC President Dan Pecarina said Friday they are taking measures to provide free Internet access to eligible low-income families, who are new customers, and for free community Wi-Fi hotspots.

“HBC is working with Winona Area Public Schools and other southeast Minnesota school districts, to accelerate the school system’s referrals of local low-income families to ensure every student has access to vital communications services through the HBC Internet Assistance Program,” Pecarina said. “Families who live in the company’s service area can sign up for the program through the school system.”

HBC’s Internet Assistance Program for low-income families has been in place for 10 years with more than with more than seven school districts participating in the program.

It’s great to see businesses rallying to the needs of people. And a side note, RiverTown.Net is also rallying to provider free access to any news related to coronavirus – as the screenshot above indicates.

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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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