Category Archives: Community

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.”

 

Train Your Brain program kicks off in Central Oregon

Train Your Brain program kicks off in Central Oregon

Nearly 2,000 elementary students in Central Oregon will be sporting some new helmets designed to keep them safe. BendBroadband is one of several organizations that are part of The Center Foundation’s partnership program called Train Your Brain.  The goal of the two month-long initiative is to educate every third grader in the region about brain injury prevention and… Continue Reading

Tower Theatre’s LessonPLAN inspires students

Tower Theatre’s LessonPLAN inspires students

Theater is more than entertainment for young people, it’s also a component of their development. The number of theaters catering to youth across America is increasing, and the professional quality of many companies has shown that more and more theater groups are reaching out to young audiences. This is one of the many reasons, BendBroadband is a… Continue Reading

World Muse 2018: Asking the Question

Article and Photo by Irene Cooper The 2018 World MUSE Conference celebrated its sixth year Saturday at The Tower Theatre in Downtown Bend, Oregon, with a full day of inspiration and thought provoking presentations from over 30 keynote speakers and performers. MUSE founder and director Amanda Stuermer, along with directors Tracy Treu and Cynthia LaRoche,… Continue Reading

See Patrick Lamb on Valentine’s Day

See Patrick Lamb on Valentine’s Day

Plan ahead for Valentine’s Day this year and attend the Sunriver Music Festival’s Valentine’s Day Dinner and Concert on Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m. at the Sunriver Resort Historic Great Hall. Sponsored by BendBroadband, the show features saxophonist Patrick Lamb, a festival favorite, who knows how to get a crowd on its feet. Join us for the… Continue Reading

HSCO: Helping to feed and shelter animals

The Humane Society of Central Oregon (HSCO) is one of more than 30 nonprofits that BendBroadband provides free or reduced internet and video services. Read how these wonderful organizations help make Central Oregon a better place. Cats, dogs, birds, rabbits and even a few rats can all be adopted at The Humane Society of Central Oregon.… Continue Reading

BendBroadband welcomes Crestview and its communities

BendBroadband welcomes Crestview and its communities

BendBroadband is thrilled to welcome the team of Crestview Communications. Located in Oregon, Crestview has offices in Madras, La Pine, and Prineville. To introduce you to our new area of the state BendBroadband is serving, here are some of the attractions near these beautiful areas. Erickson Aircraft Collection This World War II hangar houses a… Continue Reading