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Students Work to Make Internet Accessible

Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2018

connect CF student internet access

Cedar Falls Community Schools and Cedar Falls Utilities have partnered to make home internet access more affordable for families who are in need.‚Äč

Today, every Cedar Falls junior high and high school student is issued a Chromebook to access digital coursework and communicate with teachers and classmates. If a student does not have internet access at home, it can be difficult to complete homework assignments.

Cedar Falls Community Schools and Cedar Falls Utilities have partnered to create connect>CF, a program to provide affordable internet access to students eligible for free and reduced lunch. Through our research, we’ve learned that approximately 100 families in our community are eligible for discounted internet service through connect>CF.

Cedar Falls High School students involved with the Center for Advanced Professional Studies led efforts to offset some of the cost for participants.

Their fundraising and generous community donations make it possible to offer internet service for $12 per month (plus tax) to eligible families.

Program details are listed below. If you or someone you know qualifies for the program, registration can be completed by contacting Janelle Darst at Janelle.Darst@cfschools.org or 319-553-2426.

Donations are still being accepted to ensure the connect>CF program can continue for years to come. If you are interested in making a donation, visit the Cedar Falls Community Schools' website, www.cfschools.org.

‚ÄčInternet Service

  • 15 mbps internet service, delivered on a reliable all-fiber network
  • Internet access is provided to student's school issued Chromebook (other devices in the home are not eligible to connect)
  • $12 per month plus tax (wireless router included and no installation cost)


  • Live in an area where CFU offers internet service
  • At least one student in grades 7-12 is eligible for free or reduced price lunch through the National School Lunch Program
  • Have not subscribed to internet service from CFU within the last 30 days