The Federal Communications Commission announced its new Healthcare Connect Fund (.pdf) which will make grants available to healthcare providers with applications to be submitted beginning in late summer 2013.
If you are a low income subscriber residing in either a Comcast or CenturyLink area, you may be eligible for reduced pricing of monthly broadband service. More details on the Comcast program is available at: www.internetessentials.com. More information on the CenturyLink program is available at www.centurylink.com/internetbasics.
Other Minnesota cable companies (Charter, Mediacom, Sjoberg’s Cable and Midcontinent) offer discounted pricing for broadband access as well under the federal Connect2Compete program. If your location is served by one of these cable companies, you may want to contact them directly to see if you are eligible.
Both Comcast and CenturyLink have made arrangements to offer discounted pricing on computers.
Another option for a low cost computer is available through the nonprofit PCs for People. More information on the computers available at PCs for People (or how to donate your used computers to them for refurbishing) can be found at their website at www.pcsforpeople.com or (651) 354-2552.
If you want to use a computer but do not want to own one or do not have a broadband connection, the Technology Literacy Collaborative keeps a listing of public computer centers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area on its website at: http://tlc-mn.org/ctc and also provides tools to learn about computers and how to use them at http://tlc-mn.org/digital-inclusion/curriculum