Two cable internet providers are teaming up with the Amphi Foundation to provide free internet to hundreds of low-income students. The foundation is contributing $35,000 toward Cox or Comcast broadband service for an estimated 500 families in the district.
Amphi Foundation Executive Director Leah Noreng says the free service will run for six months, and possibly longer. "We hope that we can continue through the school year if necessary. But obviously we don't have an endless budget, so if we raise more money then we'll be able to support more students and hopefully throughout the school year," Noreng said.
Noreng says Cox and Comcast each have their own qualifications for getting the offer, but generally any family that qualifies for free or reduced-price lunches at school also qualifies for the free internet program. After the free period runs out, she says families can continue the service for $10 a month.
Amphi families in need of program details or assistance getting connected may contact Beth Lake with Amphitheater Public Schools at 696-5211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.