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Internet Essentials to Expand Broadband Access

Internet Essentials to Expand Broadband Access

Last fall, Comcast rolled out Internet Essentials–an initiative to provide low-income families with affordable Internet access at home– as an effort to help close the digital divide.

According to Comcast, the program has been so successful that the Internet and cable provider will expand its reach to add an additional 300,000 families and double the broadband speed.

Internet Essentials offers broadband service for $9.95 monthly to families in the Comcast service area who qualify for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Families may also purchase computers for $150. Because of this initiative, 80,000 children now have broadband, according to a company spokes person.

Aside from increasing its speed, Comcast will adjust the qualifying criteria to include families who qualify for reduced lunches, thus making the service available to over 2.3 million families in all.

Comcast plans to join efforts with Connect to Compete, a private and nonprofit partnership that supports broadband adoption to improve outcomes in disadvantaged families.

Read more about this story at Edweek.org.
Read the IE Progress Report.
More facts about Internet Essential from the Comcast Voices blog.
Learn more about Connect to Compete.

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