Frontier service territories throughout Ohio and a portion of the mid-Ohio Valley region of West Virginia have been selected by the Federal Communications Commission to take part in a pilot program that will encourage broadband adoption by extending Lifeline discounts to broadband services for certain customers and promoting digital literacy.
Frontier will work with Connect Ohio, a nonprofit subsidiary of Connected Nation, and their Every Citizen Online program to provide digital training to willing participants with the goal of demonstrating the value of broadband use, as only 66% of Ohioans subscribe to broadband service at their home.
Since December 2010, Every Citizen Online has conducted thousands of training hours for more than 30,000 non-subscribing household participants in over 280 locations throughout Ohio.
Frontier will work together with Connected Nation to provide graduates of Connect Ohio's Every Citizen Online training program with discounted broadband service and/or a free or discounted computer in select areas of the state.
"Frontier is pleased to be taking part in the Lifeline Broadband Pilot program," said Dave Davidson, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Frontier's Ohio operation. "Frontier's mission is to be the leading provider of broadband solutions to rural America. The Frontier team looks forward to helping Ohioans participate in this program, which will foster economic development and improve the quality of life of participants throughout the state."
"Connect Ohio is proud to join Frontier Communications in this innovative broadband pilot program by offering our renowned Every Citizen Online training and refurbished computer purchase packages," said Stu Johnson, executive director of Connect Ohio. "By being awarded this project, Frontier demonstrates its continued commitment to connecting those most in need in Ohio and West Virginia while addressing primary technology barriers - broadband availability, digital literacy training, computer ownership, and affordable monthly service charges."
The program will kick off in the first half of 2013. Frontier will be working with partners to publicize the program, and assist with the application process as details are finalized.