Low-income residents in Lawrence and other areas served by Sunflower Broadband now may qualify for free Internet service, the company announced Tuesday.
Lawrence-based Sunflower - which provides cable TV, telephone and high-speed Internet service - is offering Lifeline High-Speed Internet, a service available to people who also qualify under state and federal regulations for Lifeline Telephone service. Sunflower, as a provider of switched phone service, already has been providing discounted telephone services for people who qualify.
To qualify for free Internet service, a person either must be a participant in one of a number of assistance programs - such as food stamps, Medicaid, Head Start, or free school lunches - or meet certain income guidelines. A family of four, for example, could have annual income of no more than $30,975.
"Lifeline High-Speed Internet is being offered to help serve the growing needs of all citizens to have access to broadband internet," said Patrick Knorr, Sunflower's general manager. "The Internet provides access to opportunities. Many job postings and resume submissions now require access to the Internet. It's a valuable tool that is important to everyone."
For more information about the program - including service requirements - call Sunflower at 841-2100 or (800) 869-1214, or visit www.sunflowerbroadband.com.
Sunflower is a division of The World Company, which also owns the Journal-World.