Comcast Essentials Helps to
Bridge the Technology Gap
As part of the conditions of the Comcast-NBC Universal merger, Comcast has announced that it will launch a program that will help low income families obtain broadband Internet access starting in the 2011 "back to school season". The "Internet Essentials" program is designed to help bridge the digital divide. The program provides affordable Internet access, the opportunity to purchase a computer, and broadband training to low-income families.
The Internet Essentials program offers:
- Comcast residential Economy Internet service for $9.95 per month plus applicable taxes and fees, with no activation fees, no additional equipment rental charges, no credit checks, no price increases and no long-term contracts.
- The option to purchase a pre-configured computer for $149.99(plus applicable taxes); and
- Access to online, in print and classroom based digital literacy training.
An entire low-income household will be able to participate in the program if the household:
(1) is located where Comcast offers internet service
(2) has at least one child receiving free meals through the National School Lunch program
(3) has not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
(4) does not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.
Participating families may be able to benefit from Internet Essentials for the entire life of their child's K-12 education, as long as they remain eligible. For more information visit http://www.internetessentials.com.
Approximately 30,000 children in Montgomery County Public Schools are eligible for free meals. The Cable and Broadband Office is working with Comcast and MCPS to monitor program eligibility and the effectiveness of the program outreach, promotion and broadband training.