The Lansing Community Library is working to help build consumer awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program. The temporary benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
The $3.2B Emergency Broadband Benefit program provides a discount of up to a $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households. The benefit also provides up to a $100 per household discount toward a one-time purchase of a computer, laptop, or tablet if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase through a participating broadband provider.
A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:
Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid or the FCC’s Lifeline program;
Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
Experienced a substantial loss of income through job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
Tconnect, an app-based, on-demand and call-in service offered by TCAT with app developer HyperCommute, first launched Aug. 30 to serve riders on Saturdays and Sundays in the northeast part of TCAT’s service area. See Tconnect 77 spring schedule effective Sun., Feb. 7 through Sat., May 29, and includes more coverage in the surrounding area of Lansing Town Hall to include Milton Meadows and Woodsedge Apts.
If you haven’t already, please check out HyperCommute’s apps by clicking either IOS or Android for whichever mobile device you use. If you need assistance using the app, Tconnect staff will be happy to help you out with training. Email us at at firstname.lastname@example.org (place Tconnect app in the subject line) or call (607) 277-9388 ext. 560 and leave a message with your information on how best to contact you.
Instead of using buses and drivers from Gadabout Transportation Services, as it will for the Dryden-centered service, the Tconnect 77 service in the Lansing/Etna area is using smaller 35 foot TCAT buses. TCAT plans to operate this service through February, and depending on ridership, will continue offering it in the future.
Riders are able to download the the HyperCommute app on their iPhones on the App Store or an Android phone on Google Play to subscribe and to schedule rides For those who don’t have a smartphone, rides can be scheduled by calling (607) 277-7433 (RIDE).
Essentially, Tconnect is designed to help rural residents access TCAT’s existing bus service. As mentioned above, it allows users to schedule a trip either on a smaller TCAT as it will for the Lansing/Etna service or for the Dryden service, a Gadabout minibus. Trips can be scheduled using a mobile app or by calling the Tconnect office. The app will provide real-time vehicle location information for both the Gadabout and TCAT buses, assisting users in seamlessly transferring between services.
The goals of this project are to:
Increase rural access to public transportation
Reduce transportation barriers in Tompkins County
Reduce the number of drive alone vehicles coming into Ithaca
To the right/below is an earlier video presentation to give a better understanding of what Tconnect will look like when it is launched in Dryden.
TCAT’s other project partners include Way2Go, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s transportation education program and paratransit provider Gadabout Transportation Services, Inc. The project is being funded with a $260,000 grant from the NYSERDA.
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There are wonderful offerings available for older adults at the YMCA. Memberships are free for individuals that are over the age of 85. Plus, every Thursday the YMCA offers the use of their facilities and amenities for only $1.00 for anyone age 60 or over.
Interested in sharing your time and talent by volunteering with us? Email us at email@example.com. To learn more about the programs offered at the YMCA, visit www.ithacaymca.com or call 607-257-0101.
The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes is a nonprofit agency located in Central New York serving those in our region affected by cancer. All our services are completely free, and all of our funding stays local.
The mission of the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes is to create and sustain a community of support for people living with and affected by cancer.
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The Cancer Resource Center seeks to serve all people living with or affected by cancer. Our goal is to create an inclusive, welcoming community in which the perspectives and needs of all those we serve are heard and respected.