Information Technology

Flour Exchange Building
310 4th Ave South, Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Wireless MinneapolisWireless Minneapolis provides wireless broadband access anywhere in the city. Look for free hotspots called "USI Free Wifi" or sign up for wireless service with USI Wireless.

Low Cost Computer and Internet Resources

EveryoneOn offers an online tool to find discounted Internet, computer and training resources.  Enter your zip code to learn more at 

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Programs that help to provide computers

PCs for People

To receive a computer from PCs for People a potential recipient must be below the 150% poverty level, have a family member with a disability, work with a social worker or involved in financial assistance programs.

Individuals receiving a computer are asked to provide a small donation usually $35-50. Many times government programs that clients are involved in will cover the donation.

PCs for People offers a low cost Internet option along with their computers and provides low cost computer repair for those eligible.

The City of Minneapolis donates its used computers to PCs for People through our agreement with Unisys for distribution throughout Minneapolis.

1481 Marshall Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104

Free Geek – Computer Adoption Program

Volunteers are able to earn a free computer by participating in the "Adoption" program. The program teaches basic computer skills by performing such tasks as computer disassembly or some basic testing of hardware like keyboards; volunteers can also opt to build and test entire systems. After 24 hours of volunteering, participants can take home one of the refurbished computers. Free Geek Twin Cities encourages anyone to volunteer, whether you want to learn about computers, teach people about computers, or just hang out.
Stop by: Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 12-5 PM (closed Monday and Tuesday)

2537 25th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Computer Refurbishing - U of M Technology Empowerment Center

The University of Minnesota’s Technology Empowerment Center takes donated computers and refurbishes them. People who aren't able to afford a computer can apply to receive a refurbished computer. To receive a computer from the Computer Technology Services program, you must: Fall below the 150% poverty level, live in the Twin Cities area, be a permanent resident, pay $50 for licensing fees, attend two computer classes of your choice, and an Internet Safety class.

If you don't fall under the 150% poverty line, you have the option to buy a refurbished computer at a very low cost.

All applicants must come in and provide proof of address and income as well as get signed up for classes. To set up an appointment, please call 612-624-3478.

612-624-3556  TEC - Apply for a Computer
UROC B-Tech Center, 2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Programs that help to provide Internet access

USI Wireless - Wireless Minneapolis

Residents and businesses within the City of Minneapolis can sign up for Internet service with USIW, starting at $14.95 per month.

Free Hot Spots: In addition, there are 117 Free Wireless Hotspots in Minneapolis where users can access the Internet for free. Look for the “USIW Free” network and connect. For security purposes, a credit card is required to login but there is no charge.

Civic Garden: Within Minneapolis, you can access the Civic Garden for FREE where you will find useful, public sector information--no commercial or partisan websites are included, and many of the websites reflect city, county, and state resources. All Civic Garden sites are family-friendly.  

For more information contact:
Email: [email protected]
Hours: 8am-midnight, 365 days a year

PCs for People - see above

Comcast Internet Essentials

Internet Essentials helps more students and families get online, and has expanded in 2016 to include coverage of residents living in Federally subsided public housing, including Section 8.

While participating in Internet Essentials, customers receive:
Internet for $9.95 a month, a low cost computer and training may also be available. 

To qualify, your household must meet all these criteria: Be located where Comcast offers Internet service; have at least one child receiving free or reduced price school lunches through the National School Lunch Program OR live in federally subsidized public housing; have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days; not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment. 

For more information call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) to request an application.

CenturyLink Internet Basics

A program that offers high-speed Internet service for $9.95 per month.  Participation in Internet Basics is based on guidelines for the federal Lifeline Affordable Telephone Service, a program CenturyLink also offers that provides discounted basic monthly telephone service for low-income consumers.  May also qualify for $150 notebook computer and basic computer training.

For more information, call 800.366.8201

Last updated Nov 16, 2017



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