WHAT IS BROADBAND... The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defines broadband as a download speed of 25 megabits (Mbps) per second and an upload speed of 3 Mbps.
OSCEOLA COUNTY HAS TWO GIGABIT COMMUNITIES... Casair has a 10 Gig fiber network that runs through both the city of Reed City and Village of Hersey. The 10 Gig fiber network can be viewed from Casair's Fiber Network Map.
OSCEOLA COUNTY HAS 16 INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS (ISPs)... Charter Communications and Casair provide true broadband (25> mbps download). The remaining ISPs provide service at download speeds between 3 and 24 Mbps.
AFFORDABLE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET FOR QUALIFYING HOUSEHOLDS... There are several programs that can assist qualifying households obtain low-cost Internet service.
Charter Communications Spectrum Internet Assist is a low-cost, high-speed broadband Internet service that provides qualifying households with Internet service. In order to utilize the program an Osceola County resident must live at an address serviceable by Charter in one of the communities Charter serves. These communities include the City of Evart, Evart Township, Village of Hersey, Osceola Township, City of Reed City, and Richmond Township. In addition, to qualify a member of the household must be a recipient of one of the following programs; the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), free or reduced cost lunch; the Community Eligibility Provision of the NSLP; or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (age 65 and over only).
- Access from AT&T offers a low-cost internet service to qualifying households. To qualify the household must have at least one resident who participates in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and without outstanding debt for AT&T fixed internet service within the last six months or outstanding debt incurred under this program.
- The Michigan Lifeline Program provides a $9.25 per month subsidy for the purchase of voice telephone service, including mobile, and broadband. In order to qualify customers must participate in one of the following programs: Medicaid, Food Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the State Emergency Relief (SER) and Home Heating Credit (HHC) components of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
- EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunity by connecting everyone to the internet. See a list of low-cost broadband service offerings for eligible low-income families