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Free internet provider FreedomPop offers 4G wireless internet service to access the internet from home or on the go.

Free internet coming to Americans who can’t afford it

Sites include . Published on March 29th, 2013. Written by Loic Cobbina.

Free wireless broadband is coming to American families who cannot afford it through a partnership between FreedomPop and Connect2Compete. These 2 companies are already known for offering free and reduced-priced high speed internet with the necessary equipment. FreedomPop and Connect2Compete have put their resources together to be able to offer up to 1GB of free data to low income families leaving in the US.

Anyone living in a zip code area earning on average less than $35,000 can apply for this service. The device to connect to the network is not for free though, the user will have to pay between $20 to $59 to get it. Before this partnership, Connect2Compete only offered a reduced plan to households with students that qualified for reduced-cost or free school lunches.

FreedomPop CEO, Stephen Stokols said the company was built on the belief that having access to the net was a right and not a privilege. The company Connect2Compete shares the same objective and that is why together they want to ensure that more Americans can get connected for free. He added his company is excited to work with Connect2Compete to improve on their service and close the gap that divides families that can’t afford the net and those who can.

The data from the Federal Communications Commission shows that about 19 million American still can’t afford a broadband connection. That makes it difficult for such a population to keep up in the ever changing digital world we live in. There are 2 factors that affect the accessibility of the net: some residents in the city just don’t have the financial resources to pay for it and as for citizens in rural areas there is no broadband infrastructure to enable them to connect. The partnership FreedomPop/Connect2Compete will focus on making sure that those who live in areas with broadband infrastructure have access to it.

The data bundle of 1GB for a month is probably not enough but it can still be useful to those who just can’t pay for a basic internet plan. It is evaluated that families in more that 30 markets should be able to take advantage of FreedomPop/Connect2Compete Internet offer after they launch. FreedomPop has made the commitment to bring back online 1 million families who could not pay for the cost of the net by the end of this year.

The main business model of Stephen Stokols’ company is to offer to its customers a free 500 MB data bundle per month by means of cheap wireless equipment within a city that has broadband coverage. Customers who need more bandwidth can opt for the $17.99 plan offering 1GB for the month or go for any other data bundle available.

The service is more appropriate for sporadic internet users. It can also be relied on as back up connection when there is a problem with the main line.

Even though FreedomPop currently operates on the Clearwire’s 4G network, it is planning to move its operations to Sprint by the end of the years considering the fact that Clearwire is dealing with regulatory problem. Have you ever tried the FreedomPop service? What do you think of it? Share your thought below.

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