Gateway discounts to Indiana
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Dec 03, 2000
Gateway's Indiana Web Academy page
In a collaboration that could benefit half of Indiana's residents, the state
government and Gateway Inc. recently announced that the company will sell
affordable computers and Internet access to educators, students and state
Indiana may be the first state to offer such a program to bring computers
and the Internet into homes, according to Ken Scales, director of the Indiana
Web Academy, a joint project between the state's education department and
its technology advisory panel.
The academy (www.indianawebacademy.org) was formed to promote the Internet
as an educational resource for parents, students and teachers.
Under the agreement, families of K-12 students in public and private
schools, teachers and state employees have a choice of four specially configured
computers, which they can buy at rates ranging from $24 to $46 per month
over four years. The prices include three years of Internet service or
they can purchase another Gateway computer at a 10 percent discount.
Scales estimated that about 1.5 million students, teachers, and state
employees are eligible for the program. When including students' families,
up to 3 million or 4 million people out of a state population of 6 million
could benefit, he added.
The Indiana Web Academy and Gateway stores will offer free computer
and online training for new users.