Correction: Families with at least one child in the schools' free-lunch program are eligible. And families that currently have Cox broadband service are not eligible.
Once, this Southwest High School junior had to sit with her mother in the parking lot at McDonald's to use the free Wi-Fi so she could search for college scholarship opportunities online.
But now, Darriale Bradley, an honors student, can access the Internet at home, thanks to the Connect2Compete program.
That's something, she says, that is still hard to believe.
"I clicked Internet Explorer and I saw Google come up--the fireworks cracked," said Bradley. "I was just--I was--it's--words can not describe how happy I am right now."
Connect2Compete, a national non-profit, is making its mission to provide Americans with affordable Internet access.
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Partnering with the Knight Foundation and Cox Communications, the FCC-led effort launched a pilot program and Bibb County schools were among the first test sites selected.
The group is subsidizing costs so a family in need will pay only about $10 a month. Some families can also qualify for a reduced-cost refurbished computer.
The Bibb schools that are part of the pilot program include Appling, Ballard-Hudson, Barden, Bernd, Bloomfield Middle, Brookdale, Bruce, Burdell-Hunt, Burghard, Hartley, Ingram Pye, Jones, King-Danforth, Morgan, Northeast HS, Rice, Riley, Southwest HS, Union, Weaver, Williams.
The program is only for families who don't currently have Cox broadband service, and who don't have any outstanding past-due payments to Cox. To be eligible, families have to have at least on child on the free lunch program. The deadline to participate in the pilot program is December 15th.
To enroll, people can call 1-855-222-3217 or visit www.connect2compete.org.
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