Low Cost Computer and Internet Resources
Programs that help to provide computers
PCs for People
To receive a computer from PCs for People a potential recipient must be below the 150% poverty level, have a family member with a disability, work with a social worker or involved in financial assistance programs.
Individuals receiving a computer are asked to provide a small donation usually $35-50. Many times government programs that clients are involved in will cover the donation.
PCs for People offers a low cost Internet option along with their computers: $50 includes a mobile 4G portable hotspot and 3 months of Internet. Ongoing cost of Internet service is $10 per month.
PCs for People also provides low cost computer repair for those eligible.
The City of Minneapolis donates its used computers to PCs for People through our agreement with Unisys for distribution throughout Minneapolis.
1481 Marshall Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104
Free Geek – Computer Adoption Program
Volunteers are able to earn a free computer by participating in the "Adoption" program. The program teaches basic computer skills by performing such tasks as computer disassembly or some basic testing of hardware like keyboards; volunteers can also opt to build and test entire systems. After 24 hours of volunteering, participants can take home one of the refurbished computers. Free Geek Twin Cities encourages anyone to volunteer, whether you want to learn about computers, teach people about computers, or just hang out.
Stop by: Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 12-5 PM (closed Monday and Tuesday)
2537 25th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Computer Refurbishing - U of M
The University of Minnesota’s Community Technology Services program takes donated computers and refurbishes them. People who aren't able to afford a computer can apply to receive a refurbished computer. To receive a computer from the Computer Technology Services program, you must: Fall below the 150% poverty level, live in the Twin Cities area, be a permanent resident, pay $15 for licensing fees, attend two computer classes of your choice, Internet Safety class, and the Distribution Day Workshop.
If you don't fall under the 150% poverty line, you have the option to buy a refurbished computer at a very low cost.
All applicants must come in and provide proof of address and income as well as get signed up for classes. To set up an appointment, please call 612-624-3478.
UROC B-Tech Center, 2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Minneapolis Public Schools
The Minneapolis Public Schools donate their used computers to families in their schools. Contact your school’s principal to find out details.
Programs that help to provide Internet access
USI Wireless - Wireless Minneapolis
Residents and businesses within the City of Minneapolis can sign up for Internet service with USIW, starting at $14.95 per month.
Free Hot Spots: In addition, there are 117 Free Wireless Hotspots in Minneapolis where users can access the Internet for free. Look for the “USIW Free” network and connect. For security purposes, a credit card is required to login but there is no charge.
Civic Garden: Within Minneapolis, you can access the Civic Garden for FREE where you will find useful, public sector information--no commercial or partisan websites are included, and many of the websites reflect city, county, and state resources. All Civic Garden sites are family-friendly. www.wirelessminneapolis.org
For more information contact:
Hours: 8am-midnight, 365 days a year
Comcast Internet Essentials
Internet Essentials helps more students and families get online.
While participating in Internet Essentials, customers receive:
Internet for $9.95 a month, a computer available at initial enrollment for just $149.99 + tax, access to free Internet training - online, in print and in person.
To qualify, your household must meet all these criteria: Be located where Comcast offers Internet service; have at least one child receiving free or reduced price school lunches through the National School Lunch Program; have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days; not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.
For more information call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) to request an application. www.internetessentials.com
CenturyLink Internet Basics
A program that offers high-speed Internet service for $9.95 per month. Participation in Internet Basics is based on guidelines for the federal Lifeline Affordable Telephone Service, a program CenturyLink also offers that provides discounted basic monthly telephone service for low-income consumers. May also qualify for $150 notebook computer and basic computer training.
More information is available on the Internet Basics website: www.centurylink.com/internetbasics or call 800.366.8201
Last updated Mar. 27, 2013