REV provides internet connectivity to disadvantaged families throughout The Bahamas with REVNet Lifeline
The country’s only Triple Play Provider offers subsidized internet services to customers in vulnerable communities.
REV is placing vital technology into the hands of those who need it most by providing high-speed internet services to families in need with its new product offering, REVNet Lifeline.
REVNet Lifeline is a low-cost, subsidized internet solution made exclusively for those in the most vulnerable communities throughout The Bahamas. This product was created as an outgrowth of an umbrella partnership between the Cable Bahamas Group of Companies, The Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas and the Ministry of Education. This wider campaign, entitled, Connectivity For All was developed in hopes of abating a marked disparity in access to technological resources for children in lower income communities and closing the digital divide. These disparities were made increasingly obvious with onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic and augmented demand for digital learning solutions.
Assistant Governor for the Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas, Carla D. Card-Stubbs lauded the partnership between the Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas and the Cable Bahamas group of companies saying, “Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas (RCOB) is known for its nation-building efforts. We are pleased to partner with The Cable Bahamas Group on this important social initiative. It is imperative that we address the digital divide – which we know translates to other social inequities – at this crucial point in our nation’s history. We invite all well-thinking citizens and residents of The Bahamas to partner with us.”
Mr. Franklyn Butler II, CEO of the Cable Bahamas Group of Companies said, “As a Champion of digital inclusion, the Cable Bahamas Group of Companies is committed to ensuring that students in our most vulnerable communities are not denied a quality education due to a lack of resources. We are working aggressively to afford them access to the technology they need to enjoy the quality education they deserve.”
The REVNet Lifeline package includes an internet subscription including speeds of 30mpbs. This package which would typically cost subscribers nearly $600 per year is being offered to Lifeline recipients at a cost of only $10 per month to cover their equipment rental fee. The sponsorship will last for a period of 12 months per family.
Odette Carey, Head of Product Development at REV talked about the new product offering stating, “REV is grateful for this opportunity to partner with civic and corporate Bahamas to provide fast, reliable internet access to persons who would otherwise be totally unable to afford it. We believe the Lifeline product lives up to its name by connecting students with the vital digital tools they need, in order to thrive.”
Terrell Knowles, a father of five who became unemployed due to the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic was the first recipient of the REVNet Lifeline package and expressed his profound gratitude stating. “My kids know that what I used to do, I can’t do anymore. REVNet Lifeline was an answer to my prayers because I was asking God how it was going to happen…Now the kids will be able to do their work.”
Families are chosen based on applications or recommendations from family, friends and corporate Bahamas. Applications are reviewed by a committee of executives from the Cable Bahamas Group of Companies, Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas and the Ministry of Education.
About CBL Group:
Founded in March 1995, CBL Group has grown from a cable TV service provider to become the first communications provider in The Bahamas to offer ‘triple play’ service. Today, the 100% Bahamian owned company is publicly listed on BISX with over 2,200 Bahamian shareholders. The network is comprised of 14 free-to-air broadcast systems, eight stand-alone cable TV systems and four triple play systems networked by submarine fibre. CBL Group is the only 100% Bahamian owned communications provider, delivering residential and corporate broadband internet, cable television and fixed line calling, to 99% of the Bahamian population, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. CBL Group is also the controlling shareholder in BeALIV Limited the second mobile licensee in The Bahamas and owns 48.25% of the common stock of the company. CBL Group is led by Franklyn A Butler II – the first Bahamian Group CEO & President.