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Comcast Offers Cheap Internet to Low-Income Families

Comcast Offers Cheap Internet to Low-Income Families


In an attempt to broaden internet access, Comcast announced that it will begin providing inexpensive web access to low-income families.  The company, which offers internet services in 39 states, is launching a new plan called “Internet Essentials,” which will cost low-income families only $10 a month.  Households could also receive a voucher to buy a computer for less than $150.

To receive the discounted services, families would have to meet certain criteria, including having a child enrolled in the National School Lunch Program, but it could have a big impact.  According to the Miami Herald, about 60 percent of the 300,000 students in Miami-Dade’s public schools would qualify.

The move was not entirely altruistic on Comcast’s part; after acquiring NBC Universal earlier this year, regulators required Comcast to help low-income families get online before they would approve the merger.  But regardless of whether the idea was Comcast’s or the regulators, it’s clear that this is going to help families, particularly those from African-American and Hispanic communities.

“Broadband, fast Internet access for these kids is not just a luxury,” said Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. “It is a moral imperative. It is an economic driver for their own personal success.”

Bridging the digital divide is certainly a challenge.  But programs like these will help bring internet access to people who may now view it as a luxury.  Comcast is promoting the service on websites in English and in Spanish – if you qualify, or know someone who might, check it out!

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6:26AM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:14PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011


10:50AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Actually, it's @&$*ing Verizon DSL that has the worst service where I live, Comcast is rather reliable most of the time. Their rates should come down though, and they should ease up on 'bandwidth caps', quit trying to choke BitTorrent, and improve their TV offerings as well as Internet speed. A 500K to 1 Meg low cost broadband service would be excellent for a lot of us, and would discontinue the scourge of 'dialup dilemma' getting in the way of educational Internet experiences making up for the shortcomings of our schools and colleges.

4:19AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Yes but it's crapcast. Guaranteed to be the most unreliable and slowest "broadband" in town. Goes out with no warning. Stays down for hours. And when it goes down, guess who will be the last served?

3:05PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011


2:34PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

This is wonderful news!!! Internet access is crucial to bridging the income gap especially for school age children and teenagers!

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