Court Orders Sprint to Delay Clear Internet Shutdown

Great news! Our internet providers, Mobile Citizen and Mobile Beacon, have succeeded in the injunction against Sprint. Clear's service will no longer turn off on November 6, 2015. The court has ordered Sprint to keep all active devices working for 90 days, which is until February 4, 2016. Sprint is filing an appeal, however, so we'll let everyone know if this changes. 

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Lawsuit Filed Against Sprint Over Internet Transition

Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen filed a lawsuit against Sprint on October 14th, 2015 concerning the internet transition from Clear's WiMax network over to Sprint's faster LTE network. Read more on this situation here: http://www.twincities.com/technology/ci_28975843/lawsuit-filed-low-cost-internet-dispute

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Petition Sprint to Accelerate the Timeline for Providing Low Cost Internet

Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen, both nonprofits geared towards providing low cost internet services to those in need, have created a petition to pressure Sprint to accelerate their timeline for providing a low cost internet service to former Clear customers. Nearly 300,000 people are losing internet access when Clear's network is shut off by Sprint on November 6th, 2015. Tell Sprint that this is unacceptable by adding your signature to this petition: https://www.change.org/p/sprint-and-marceloclaure-don-t-cut-off-300-000-people-from-internet-access-stopsprint

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100 Computers Distributed in Redwood and Martin Counties

Last week some of our staff members were traveling around Southwestern Minnesota to distribute 100 computers to families in need through a generous grant from the Blandin Foundation. Our first stop was in Wednesday afternoon in Lamberton, MN for a distribution event at Red Rock Central secondary school for families with school age children. Our next event was midday Thursday at the Redwood Area School District office in Redwood Falls. This event was focused on families with preschool aged children, as the local school district already offered a computer refurbishing program for students K-12. The final event was held at Fairmont elementary school, again focusing on families with school aged children.

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Check Out Our News Segment on Comcast Newsmakers

Our program director, Sam Drong, was recently on an episode of Comcast Newsmakers discussing our program, our clients, and our current situation with offering low-cost internet service.

Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxDPi8QdI_8  

PCs for People Clients Face Loss of Internet

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.

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