As many of you may have heard, Clear is shutting off their internet service on November 6th, 2015. Clear has been bought out by Sprint, and Sprint is discontinuing Clear's WiMax network in favor of their LTE (Long Term Evolution) network. In theory, this would be a great change for our internet customers, as LTE is faster than WiMax and Sprint also has a larger coverage area than Clear. Unfortunately, low-cost internet service through Sprint will not be available until some point in 2016, which means that nearly 14,000 of our customers will lose their internet access.
This past week was a busy one for us! From Monday, September 21st through Friday, September 25th PCs for People staff were busy with a mobile computer refurbishing event in the Sioux Falls, SD area sponsored by Midcontinent.
Today marks the official opening of the PCs for People office in Denver, CO. To celebrate the grand opening and our new partnership with Blue Star Recyclers, we joined with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, who pre-qualified 40 families who are in the process of transitioning into permanent housing, to receive a computer during our kick-off event. The event was held yesterday, August 17th, at our new PCs for People office located within the Blue Star Recyclers building in Denver and the computers were free thanks to sponsorship by Regis University and First American State Bank.
"Our facility is in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Colorado," says Bill Morris, CEO of Blue Star Recyclers. "Less than 30 percent of people in the neighborhood have a working computer that is set up to [be] on the internet."
A couple of local news stations covered the opening of our new office in Fargo last week, including our kick-off event distributing 300 computers to low-income families and individuals in the Fargo/Moorhead area.
You may have heard the news by now, PCs for People is opening an office in Denver, CO later this month. In Denver we will be partnered with Blue Star Recyclers, a nonprofit that focuses on recycling electronics and providing meaningful jobs for people with disabilities. Blue Star's recycling center will serve as the intake facility for computer equipment donated from companies, government organizations, and nonprofits. The Blue Star team will sanitize hard drives according to strict protocols and begin cosmetic cleanup of the equipment. The PCs for People team will then refurbish the computers and distribute them to families and individuals in need.