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How can you obtain free or low cost hardware, software and internet access to participate in the network

The basics
  • hardware:  the machines-computers, tablets, smart phones
  • software:  the programs you need to tell the machines what to do for you.  Often called apps or applications
  • access: your pathway to the internet.  Maybe through an internet service provider (example) or maybe through a telephone provider or a free WIFI provider in your community


 Sources for Free, low cost software
  • Google Apps
  • Tech Soup is a "nonprofit that provides other nonprofits and libraries with technology that empowers them to fulfill their missions and serve their communities. As part of that goal, we provide technology products and information geared specifically to the unique challenges faced by nonprofits and libraries                                 
Sources for Free/Low cost hardware (computers and accessories)
  • Community Computer Alliance (CCA)  The Community Computer Alliance, based in Central Ohio, provides free computers, printers, etc. to nonprofit organizations. If your tenant organization has a federal tax EIN #, you are eligible for their products and services. Visit their website here: http://ccompa.org/wp/. Download a CCA brochure.
  • Connect2Compete (low income households)
Sources for free, low cost Internet Access
  • Libraries
  • Businesses: coffee shops, fast food places
  • Businesses  (how to find local hotspots)
  • Set up a neighborhood network where you live.
  • Connect2Compete (low income households)


Just so you know...
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Spencer Wells,
Oct 8, 2012, 11:16 AM
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