The registration for a free computer is open for March and April appointments.
The criteria to get a computer includes:
-be a Montgomery County resident
-be over the age of 7
-you don’t have access to a computer for education.
Montgomery Connects is the County’s digital equity and inclusion initiative. Their goal is to close the digital equity gap. They aspire to empower 100% of Montgomery County’s residents and local businesses to be fully connected and engaged in the shared digital world. Leaping the digital divide requires access to a home computer; affordable high speed broadband and digital literacy training. Montgomery Connects leans into addressing all three of these needs. Montgomery Connects is operated by the Department of Technology & Enterprise Business Solutions (TEBS).
To help achieve this goal, Montgomery Connects is providing 50,000 new loaner Chromebook laptop computers to lower-income Montgomery County residents who do not have a computer for educational purposes. The loaned computers are Dell 3100 or Lenovo 300e, 14” laptop with an 11” touchscreen that folds over and be used as a tablet. The computers do not include software. The federal grant providing funding to purchase these computers requires Montgomery County to own the computer for 3 years. You may keep possession of the computer for your own use. County regulations will govern what happens to the loaned computer after 3 years.
To learn more about this program and sign up for a FREE computer click here.