Low-cost Internet options, Comcast special until 3/18

Seattle was recently named 1 of 15 “Gold Medal” communities nationwide by Comcast. As a result, they’re offering six months of free Internet service through their Internet Essentials program, for eligible households who apply and are approved for their $10/month program by March 18, 2014, next Tuesday.  Their low-income discount is for families with students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Comcast is one of several companies in Seattle who offer Internet for low-income residents for around $10/month. They all have income and other eligibility guidelines for the discounted service.  The City of Seattle has more information about these programs and Solid Ground’s program to help residents with the choices on their community technology low cost Internet page.

CenturyLink Internet Basics (866) 541-3330

  • Eligible if on most public assistance programs (broader than Comcast)
  • Internet wired to your home via phone line
  • Laptop purchase available for $150
  • Not eligible if you have existing CenturyLink Internet service
  • Internet safety and education materials offered

Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program (855) 846-8376

  • Must have a child eligible for free or reduced lunch
  • Cable Internet wired to your home
  • Laptop purchase available for $150
  • Not eligible if you have existing Comcast Internet service
  • Internet safety and education materials offered

Interconnection/Mobile Citizen (Clear) (206) 633-1517

  • Offers Clear mobile Internet for $8 per month with laptop purchase or about $10 per month without laptop purchase
  • Eligible if on most public assistance programs
  • Refurbished  laptops with a full range of software for $99
  • They have a store in Seattle offering products and assistance

Looking for a computer to use or for computer training? Visit our Free Access to Computers and the Internet page for locations and hours of public access computer centers.

Tech Matching Fund Workshop Feb 4

Attend a Technology Matching Fund grant workshop on Tuesday, February 4 at 6:00 PM.  Here you will learn about the eligibility requirements, how to apply and what makes for a successful application.

The City is awarding matching grants of up to $20,000 per project to increase technology literacy or use of technology tools for civic engagement for Seattle residents.  The deadline to apply is March 12.

The workshop will be held:

Tuesday, February 4, 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Beacon Hill Library
2821 Beacon Avenue S
Seattle, 98144

The City is encouraging applications for community based civic engagement projects that build the digital skills of our residents, raise awareness of city resources online and use the internet, social media and/or mobile devices for community engagement and interaction with government.

For more information on the Technology Matching Fund, including history and success stories, visit www.seattle.gov/tech/tmf, email communitytechnology@seattle.gov or call Delia Burke at 206.233.2751.

Workshops offered for Technology Matching Funds

Student learning technology skillsThe 2014 Technology Matching Fund grant cycle is now open!

The City is awarding matching grants of up to $20,000 per project to increase technology literacy or use of technology tools for civic engagement for Seattle residents.  The deadline to apply is March 12th!

Important dates for grant applicants:

            Thursday, Jan. 30, 10 – 11:30 a.m., free grant workshop
            2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue South, Seattle

            Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6 – 7:30p.m., free grant workshop
            Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Avenue South, Seattle

            March 12, Technology Matching Fund application deadline

The free grant workshops will both cover the same information: grant basics, how to apply, grant requirements and what makes a successful application.

The City is encouraging applications for community based civic engagement projects that build the digital skills of our residents, raise awareness of city resources online and use the internet, social media and/or mobile devices for community engagement and interaction with government.

For more information on the Technology Matching Fund, including history and success stories, visit www.seattle.gov/tech/tmf, email communitytechnology@seattle.gov or call Delia Burke at 206.233.2751.

December brainstorm eZine now online

The December Brainstorm, City of Seattle Community Technology Program eZine, is now online. View it here.

This month, we feature:

  • 2013 Brainstorm Survey;
  • Seattle Channel’s new mobile app;
  • Seattle hosts National League of Cities Congress & digital inclusion workshop;
  • Iu-Mien American Association’s new computer literacy program;
  • Seattle Public Library’s Tech Impact survey
  • Seattle the top Twitter trendsetter in US; and
  • Much, much more!

Contribute announcements and articles to vicky.yuki@seattle.gov or call Vicky at 206-233-7877 to discuss an article idea.

Enjoy!

Get Online Seattle provides health and wellness resources

The City of Seattle recently launched “Get Online Seattle,” a digital literacy campaign created to provide residents with the necessary skills to navigate the internet and find content relevant to their needs.

Each quarter, the Get Online Seattle campaign will focus on a different content area, helping Seattle residents get online and successfully use the internet as an everyday resource. The current campaign focuses on health, providing easy-to-use online health resources and tips on how evaluate health websites. The campaign will continue through December.

“We spend a lot of time in the community and have found that the Get Online Seattle campaign is a resource that really resonates with our neighbors,” said Erin Devoto, Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer. “Working with our partners we’re able to pass along valuable internet safety messages and also tout what a valuable resource the internet can be. Research has shown us that adults who don’t use the internet don’t think the internet is relevant to them and their needs. This education campaign helps to change that perception.”

Get Online Seattle education materials also promote options for affordable home internet and locations with free access to computers and the internet.

Visit www.seattle.gov/getonline for more information about the health campaign, resources and tips for use. Posters and leaflets are also available via the web site or by calling 206-233-7877.

The Get Online Seattle health campaign is run by the City of Seattle’s Community Technology Program in partnership with the City’s Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board, Seattle Public Library, Associated Recreation Council’s RecTech Computer Centers, Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens’ Seniors Training Seniors Program, and Public Health of Seattle/King County.

January’s Get Online Seattle campaign will focus on employment resources.

The City of Seattle’s Department of Information Technology’s Community Technology Program works to ensure all residents have the opportunity to access online city services and get online for civic participation, education, and employment. For more information, visit http://www.seattle.gov/tech/.

 

November Brainstorm hot off the presses!

The November issue of Brainstorm, City of Seattle Community Technology Program eZine is now online. View it here.  This month features Get Online Seattle Health & the Web.  You can also encourage talented youth in your community to submit an entry for Youth Voices Against Violence Audio Contest.

This month we also feature:

  • Filipino Community Center’s STEAM lab program for low income youth;
  • Washington Law Help’s online self-help legal resources;
  • New materials for both students and teachers on DigitalLearn.org;
  • Technology Alliance’s new Developer Academy for Women; and
  • Much, much more!

Contribute announcements and articles to vicky.yuki@seattle.gov or call Vicky at 206-233-7877 to discuss an article idea.

Enjoy!

October Brainstorm Now Online!

The October issue of Brainstorm, City of Seattle Community Technology Program eZine is now online. View it here.  This month, table a look at Open Data to better understand the City’s budget.  You can also tune in to the Seattle Channel’s Seattle Speaks program and make your voice heard on, “Wage Worries.”

This month we also feature:

  • Look for city job postings on LinkedIN
  • Newest members of the City’s tech advisory board, Phillip Duggan and Dana Lewis
  • Opening of the Rainier Beach Computer Center
  • 2013 Seattle Channel Video Voters Guide
  • Get Online Seattle – Health & the Web
  • Tony Perez is the new president of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Enjoy!

September Brainstorm Now Online!

The September issue of Brainstorm, City of Seattle Community Technology Program eZine is now online. View it here.  In this month’s issue, we feature the Technology Matching Fund program featured on the Seattle Channel’s City Stream.  This month we also feature:

  • Seattle’s new smartphone app: Find It, Fix It
  • Information about Gigabit Squared
  • Seattle’s top 3 cable complaints
  • Web stats and analytics glossary

Enjoy!

Now’s the time to sign up for low cost Internet!

Are you looking for low-cost Internet and computer options? With schools being back in session, many classes are requiring online research, access to email and the ability to log in to the Source (how else can you see whether your child is actually making it to school?!?), it is more than ever necessary for us to be online.

Visit our Home Internet & Computers page where you can get contact and general information about the 4 providers in Seattle offering low cost Internet.

In the meantime, if you need to get on the Internet, you can visit our Free Public Computer Access page for a computer lab near you, offering open lab hours for community members.

August Brainstorm Now Online!

The August issue of Brainstorm, City of Seattle Community Technology Program eZine is now online. View it here.  In this month’s issue, we congratulate all 24 Technology Matching Fund recipients as their funding is approved by the City Council.  We had a great reception in the Norman B Rice room at City Hall following the event with Deputy Mayor Darrel Smith presenting each group with certificate.  View the pictures on our Flickr stream here

This month we also feature:

  • The City Web Team’s efforts at building resident-centered apps
  • Answers to your cable TV options
  • Maker culture in Seattle
  • BattleHack hack for good event this weekend
  • Seattle GiveCamp’s annual techies working spending a weekend with nonprofits
  • Gigabit Squared buys conduit from Zayo, their first major investment in its Seattle fiber to the premise project.

Enjoy!