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Ramsey Connected Helps Residents Access Low-Cost Computer Technology and Home Internet Services

America’s continuing digital divide means that far too many households, in both urban and rural areas, lack access to affordable computers and internet services. To address these inequities locally, Ramsey County has launched Ramsey Connected, a comprehensive resource that links residents and community-based organizations to low-cost computer technology, internet services, and even cellular telephone services. Options include:

  • PCs for People
  • Tech Dump
  • Comcast Internet Essentials, and
  • The Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Lifeline Program

Ramsey Connected also provides a link to the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), formerly known as Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. The ACP offers monthly discounts to eligible households toward broadband services as well as a one-time discount toward the purchase of a tablet, laptop or desktop computer. There have been recent changes to the ACP, so for those already enrolled or those seeking to enroll, please visit https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit for the latest guidelines and benefits.

Ramsey Connected also lists resources that assist residents in improving their computer and job skills, offers in-person and virtual employment services through the Ramsey County Community Career Lab, and free community-based trainings to help those seeking to start a career in Information Technology. To access all the tools and resources that Ramsey Connected has to offer, visit them online today at https://www.ramseycounty.us/RamseyConnected.

About Ramsey Connected

Ramsey County believes internet access is a basic need and low-cost internet should be available to all residents. While Ramsey County is not an internet service provider, we serve as a promoter, connector and partner through our Ramsey Connected program. In these roles, we share information from other government, for-profit and nonprofit organizations to Ramsey County residents and community organizations. We also make connections between residents, community organizations, federal and state government and for-profit technology organizations, and serve as a partner to share our knowledge of community needs, bring impacted communities to the table, and share and develop ideas and strategies.

Our Impact This Year

  • People Who Received Utility Bill Assistance

    49,780

  • Children Enrolled in Head Start & Early Head Start

    1,622

  • People Whose Utility Bills Were Lowered Through Home Weatherization

    245

  • Workers Provided with Transportation Support Including Vehicle Loans, Repair Grants, and Transit Passes

    1,743

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