Magazine: Comcast's Low-Income Internet Program Reaches
August 16, 2012
this week provided an update on its low-income Web service,
known as Internet Essentials, which is now servicing nearly
100,000 families, or almost 400,000 low-income Americans.
Essentials launched in Sept. 2011, providing $10-per-month
online access to families who have at least one child
enrolled in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
Essentials is intended to close the gap between Internet
users, and those who can't afford a $40 or $60 per month
fee. Participants must live where Comcast already provides
service, and must not have been a Comcast subscriber in the
last 90 days, or have an outstanding Comcast bill or
worked this year to enhance the program, expanding its
eligibility requirements to those with children in the
reduced price school launch program as well as the free
lunch program. Comcast also grew its digital literacy
component, doubled connection speeds from 1.5Mbps to 3Mbps,
and unveiled a bulk order program for communities.
into the second year of the program, Comcast will once again
embark on a multi-city tour to publicize Internet
Essentials, as well as talk about the experience and what
changes have been made in the year.
won't stop there," David L. Cohen, executive vice president
and chief diversity officer for Comcast, said in a blog
post. "We have a lot more work to do because the fact
remains that far too many Americans, many from low-income
families, are still not connected to the Internet and taking
advantage of all that it has to offer."
interested in signing up for the service can call
1-855-8-INTERNET. By providing a name and address, Comcast
will verify that the family is enrolled in the NSLP, then
sign people up.