One of America’s largest and fastest growing Internet service providers, Comcast, has announced that they soon will be offering a discounted broadband Internet service to help low-income families get connected.
The service, Internet Essentials, will cost $9.95 per month for families eligible for the program. And it doesn’t stop there! Households who qualify can purchase a computer for $150 as well as attend free Internet training online, or in person. This training is targeted to help participants become technology savvy enough to compete for jobs where computers are used.
According to Comcast’s director of government and community affairs, “The program will roll out in the Richmond area beginning with the new school year.” The director explains that the goal of this program is to help close the digital divide in this area. The U.S census found that 22% of Virginia homes do not have access to broadband Internet access, which is 10% less than the national average.
Comcast hopes that their efforts can help bridge the digital gap and help many families and individuals catch up with the fast growing technology of today’s lifestyle and job market.