FCC Launches Computer Recycling/Donation Program
Effort to close broadband adoption gap among low-income households
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 8/6/2012 1:14:10 PM
Redemtech, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and the Latin American Youth Center are partnering in the effort to get broadband into the hands of more low-income families.
Computer costs are one of the major obstacles to broadband adoption, with almost 60% of low-income families lacking either a laptop or desktop, and over a third of those without broadband citing computer cost as a barrier.
In November, major cable operators including Time Warner Cable and Cox followed Comcast's Internet Essentials model in pledging to the FCC that they would offer low-cost ($9.95 per month and no activation fee) broadband for households with kids eligible for school lunches.
Mexican Telecom entrepreneur Carlos Slim Hel's Carlos Slim Foundation in May donated $3 million to the Connect2Compete broadband adoption effort and the Ad Council committed to a multi-year, multilingual PSA campaign to close the broadband adoption gap.
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