Comcast to Offer Discounted Broadband Access to Low Income Households
New England Council member Comcast will expand their Internet Essentials program to provide internet access to thousands of low-income residents. Comcast began the program in 2011 and has connected over 8 million low‑income Americans to the internet.
The company believes internet access to be essential to success in the current digital age. Their program offers low-income customers a laptop or desktop computer for $150 and access to high-speed internet for just $9.95 a month, as well as free access to digital literacy trainings. The program’s recent expansion has been altered to also serve persons with disabilities, new parents, senior citizens, and adults without children. Applicants must show their eligibility for public assistant programs, such as National School Lunch, Medicaid, etc, to be eligible for Comcast’s Internet Essentials program.
“The Internet is arguably the most important technological innovation in history, and it is unacceptable that we live in a country where millions of families and individuals are missing out on this life changing resources,” said David Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast NBCUniversal in a statement.
The Council commends Comcast for its consistent efforts to help close the digital divide.