It's very good news that nonprofits can now begin the process of providing internet access to low-income families, thanks to new laws in the Washington state legislature's HB 1336, as Washington State Wire explains.

I remember when I discovered a city on the West side that gave the whole town free access to the internet: I'm talking about Kirkland, Washington. I was visiting the town so that I could check out the marina and noticed on my phone that a wifi-spot was available. I connected to it and noticed that it was available to anyone inside the city. HOW COOL IS THAT!

Could you just imagine how awesome it would be if YAKIMA had something like that, where the internet was free to everyone residing in the city limits? What a blessing that would be for lower income families! The cost of wifi in your home can become expensive if you are living paycheck to paycheck. It just becomes another hassle of a bill that you can't keep up with like you want to. I remember those days, the memories of this are still fresh in my mind. Fortunately, I was able to negotiate a contract with my internet provider (CenturyLink) that allows me to pay the same rate every month. It comes out to about $43 each month with taxes. That's still on the pricey side to me, but it's at least manageable with my current pay and slate of monthly expenses. But I will be the first to say back a few months and years ago, it was a constant struggle to make ends meet AND keep the home wifi going.

I am looking forward to seeing which local nonprofits step up to provide free broadband access to low-income and no-income folks in this town. If I had that kind of money, I'd do it for everyone myself in a heartbeat, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson, what are you doing, sis! In the meantime, I guess I'll keep trying to win the lottery!

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