Montgomery County has launched MontgomeryConnects!, a program with the goal of providing tech support for seniors and increasing home Internet connectivity for low-income households.
The new program has been designed in order to ensure that all county residents have the “training and confidence” to use the Internet for daily living and the ability to participate fully in the digital world.
From the press release:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has driven home the message that every home needs an Internet connection and every person needs to know how to use the Internet,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “Staying connected allows kids to learn, people to work and do business and for all of us to get access to public health services and information and stay in touch with friends and family.”
For the first phase of MontgomeryConnects!, members of the County Covid Corps who have been specially trained by the Senior Planet Montgomery program, will provide the one-on-one tech support. The support team also will be able to help low-income families sign up for low-cost Internet plans
The program will be available in English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Amharic, Farsi, French, Hindi, Korean, Malayalam, Nepali, Portuguese, and Russian.