Mobile Citizen Brings Affordable Mobile Broadband to Minnesota Nonprofits and Educators

by Peter Elwell

Mobile CitizenOn your phone, your laptop, or your tablet — Internet access on the go is quickly moving from luxury to necessity.  Fortunately, Denver-based nonprofit Mobile Citizen exists to deliver service exclusively to the most under-served areas of our society that often have limited access (at best) to the mobile web: schools and nonprofits.

After years of preparation and planning, the initiative has landed in our own backyard, actively searching for partnerships.

Founded in the mid-1980’s by five nonprofit foundations to transmit educational videos in schools across the country, these organizations collectively provide services via  Educational Broadband Spectrum (EBS) under the Mobile Citizen brand. In 2006, Mobile Citizen entered into an unique excess capacity agreement with Clearwire Corporation (known as CLEAR locally) which allows for expanded offerings — specifically affordable access to CLEAR’s 4G WiMAX network for local groups in the nonprofit and educational space.