Antietam Broadband Television, Inc. announced a partnership with Washington County Public Schools that will bring discounted Internet service to WCPS students and their families who currently do not have Internet service.
Antietam Broadband approached WCPS with an offer to make its Broadband Internet service available at the discounted price of $15.00 per month to up to 1,000 families of WCPS students who do not currently have Broadband Internet service in the home. Antietam Broadband will provide free service installation, regularly priced at $99.00, and will also donate $10,000 in free modems for the project. The specially priced Internet service will continue to be available throughout the Summer break period and is not restricted solely to the months that school is in session. The program is scheduled to run for a two year trial period.
“Broadband Internet access is critical to learning and development and we see clear disparity in the use of Broadband Internet in varying parts of Washington County even though access is readily available,” says Brian Lynch, President of Antietam Broadband.
“WCPS students clearly benefit from the advantage of having Broadband access at home for research and educational development,” he added, “As both a local company with strong ties to the community and the largest Broadband Internet provider in Washington County, we want to aid WCPS families by offering a very low cost solution to help bridge this gap and contribute positively to a student’s overall development.”
To qualify for the program, families must reside within Antietam Broadband’s service area, have a student residing in the home who attends Washington County Public Schools, and have not had Internet service with Antietam within the past year.
Antietam Cable’s donation amounts to over $500,000 in free or reduced cost service and equipment to WCPS families over the two year trial that the cooperative project will run.