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Rural Resident Eligibility for the Broadband Recovery Act
The 2011 Recovery Act Program was the U.S. Government’s effort to stimulate the economy by spending billions of dollars in various programs. One of the many projects is the Broadband Initiatives Program, which let’s some rural residents subscribe to satellite Internet at a reduced price.
For those that are eligible, they get reduced monthly fees, free equipment leasing and installation, plus a number of other benefits. One of the best features of the program is that the monthly fee remains the same for as long as the individual subscribes.
The Broadband Initiative Program is certainly welcome, but it doesn’t help everyone. Restrictions on eligibility were put in place, since there are obviously limits to what the government and satellite Internet ISPs can offer.
Eligibility requires that you not
*Already subscribe to rural satellite Internet
*Have a previous account with a satellite Internet ISP
*Have the ability to subscribe to other broadband services from a phone or cable company
*Live in an area covered under a specific Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) or Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) loan or grant award
For eligibility under the Broadband Recovery Act you must
*Live in a designated rural area
*Only be able to get online through dial-up
*Go through a credit check (everyone except Vermont residents)
*Commit to a 12-month satellite Internet contract
Each satellite Internet ISP serves a different area
Normally, you get to pick which satellite Internet ISP you want to go with. However, if you want to take advantage of the pricing under the Broadband Initiative Program, you may not have a choice. The government established zones for each of the satellite Internet providers. To know if you are eligible, contact a satellite Internet ISP.