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Cross the Digital Divide: Internet Access for All

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Father and son team Dave and Mike are on a mission. Dave, at 65, was injured in a motor vehicle accident in 2012 and was forced into early retirement from a 30 year computer consulting career with a 90% drop in income. Mike, diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at 16 and, now at 34 is blind. Mike is a Software Engineer. Now restricted to working from home, Mike lives in a remote location north of Reno, Nevada. Dave’s limited income and Mike’s remote location make it difficult for them to get internet service. Limited income and remote locations are two of the common reasons for the Digital Divide, the difficulty that is often experienced in getting internet service. These personal circumstances and experiences have motivated Dave and Mike to create NetRango.org, a response to the Digital Divide. NetRango.org is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation with both Members and Beneficiaries. NetRango members purchase internet service at attractive market rates. Members receive a tax deduction for the portion of their fees that exceeds the actual cost of the services provided. A portion of the membership fees that might otherwise be realized as profit, subsidize internet services for beneficiaries. Beneficiaries who qualify based on evidence of limited income will receive internet service from NetRango that might not be otherwise available. Startup capital is required to support the launch of NetRango.org. This capital will be used to acquire internet equipment for distribution to NetRango’s Members and Beneficiaries, to finance NetRango’s Member and Beneficiary accounts receivable, and for general operating costs.

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