Multiple La Salle County families received a helping hand from Mediacom to make online learning easier.
Mediacom Communication’s Connect2Compete program helps customers access low-cost, high-speed internet service, which many K-12 students in the county need for distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program aims to close the digital gap for families facing income challenges, according to a news release from the company.
A growing number of families are participating in the program. Mediacom reports 34 students’ families in La Salle County use C2C internet to meet online needs for their children’s education. Communities represented in the program include Ottawa, Streator, Earlville, Leland and Marseilles.
“School leaders continually face difficult decisions as they work to keep students and teachers safe, while also ensuring equity so that all students continue to learn,” said Don Demay, Mediacom’s senior director of field operations.
Connect2Compete is available in all areas where Mediacom delivers broadband service. The main criterion for eligibility is that at least one child in the household qualifies for the free or reduced-price school lunch program.
The flat-fee cost for a C2C internet subscription is $9.95 a month. Mediacom waives all fees associated with installation and modem rental. Participants are not required to sign a contract or pay a deposit.
“Today, in a COVID-19 world, a connection to our fiber-based network is more essential than ever, and our broadband technicians take pride in every installation that brings Connect2Compete to local students in La Salle County and elsewhere,” Demay said in a news release.
In Illinois communities where Mediacom is a broadband provider, about 1,500 families benefit from the subsidized educational internet program. For information or to sign up for the program, visit mediacomc2c.com or call 855-904-2225.
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