Connecting families to the internet

Connecting families to the internet

BendBroadband welcomes many opportunities to help those in need. However, providing a low-cost internet option through its Connect2Compete program for low-income families is one we are especially pleased to provide.

Connect2Compete provides eligible low-income families in existing community assistance programs with high-speed Internet for $9.95 per month. Through Connect2Compete, BendBroadband requires no deposit, no installation or modem rental fees, and guarantees the price for two years. The available speed of service for program participants is 15Mbps download speeds and 3 Mbps upload speeds.

The three non-profits we partner with are Family Access Network (FAN), the Boys & Girls Club of Bend, and the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity.  In 2017, we scheduled 49 installations and this year we’ve added 12 for a total of 97 families in the program

“BendBroadband knows that providing an affordable internet option for low-income families is one way we can help bridge the educational gap,” said Courtney Underhill, field market manager of BendBroadband. “Internet access is no longer a luxury. Today, access to the web is crucial for education, work, job hunting, and staying connected with family. We have found that the Connect2Compete has provided many positive experiences for the entire family.”

As the school year wraps up, BendBroadband wants to remind area residents about the program and to consider enrolling this summer or before the school year starts up again.

Eligible participants must:

  • Have at least one child enrolled in K-12th grade
  • Have not subscribed to BendBroadband Internet service within the last 90 days
  • Have no outstanding bill or unreturned equipment with BendBroadband
  • Apply through one of three eligible community assistance organizations: Bend Area Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Club of Bend, and the Family Access Network (FAN).

“At BendBroadband we believe the Connect2Compete program opens a world of educational opportunities for students and families,” said Courtney. “The web strengthens and enhances the lessons learned in the classroom and we are dedicated to improving lives through the power of the internet.”


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