Comcast Cable is the largest broadband provider in the US, serving approximately 25 million high speed Internet subscribers. Comcast provides coverage in wide range of cities spread across 39 states and the District of Columbia.
Comcast initiated their Internet Essentials program in 2011 to help millions of low income Americans bridge the rapidly increasing digital divide.
David L. Cohen, Comcast Corporation Senior Executive Vice President said, “Ralph and Brian have instilled within our culture the driving ethos of our community investment philosophy, which is when the communities we serve thrive, the Company thrives as well. Our resolve to close the digital divide is stronger than ever, and we invite everyone who shares that vision to work with us to create even more digital opportunity in the year ahead. Source: Bridging the Digital Divide briefing August 2016
If you live in an area served by Comcast Cable and qualify for their Internet Essentials program, you can get a 10 Mbps high speed Internet plan for the highly-discounted price of only $9.95 per month. This low price also includes equipment rental fees and a free WiFi router. This will enable Essentials customers to connect their Internet enabled WiFi devices such as smartphones and tablets and possibly save them money on their monthly wireless phone bills. The program is specifically designed to help low income folks enjoy the advantages of high speed Internet at a price that they can afford.
The program also offers subsidized Internet ready laptop or desktop computers to low income families for less than $150 and provides free Internet literacy and security training on their Internet Essentials website. (Spanish Version – Internet Basico)
In the past five years Internet Essentials, has helped over 3 million low income Americans enjoy the awesome power of the Internet in their own homes.
When the program first launched in 2011, only families with children in the free lunch program at school qualified for the Comcast Internet discount. Recently the program was expanded to include everyone living in HUD assisted housing. This change means that many more low income individuals including Americans without children, seniors and military veterans may now qualify for the $9.95 Internet Essentials program. Comcast is also including low income community college students and low income seniors that do not live in government assisted housing in select markets.
To qualify for the Comcast Internet Essentials program that offers broadband Internet service for only $9.95 per month and the option to purchase a low-cost, Internet ready computer for less than $150 you must meet these basic eligibility requirements.
Comcast is offering a pilot Internet Essentials program for low-income seniors in the following cities, Boston MA, Palm Beach County FL, Philadelphia PA, San Francisco CA, and Seattle WA.
A pilot program is also available to low-income students enrolled in community college in the states of Colorado and Illinois. Pell grant students are eligible for the program.
In addition to the above Internet Essentials criteria , there are a few restrictions:
If more than 40 percent of the students in your child’s school participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), you can be instantly approved for the Internet Essentials Program without submitting any additional documentation.
For Public Housing applicants, you can receive instant approval if your home address is located within a public housing development.
Host Tonia Caruso talks with Bob Grove, Vice President of Public Relations, Comcast, about Internet Essentials and program updates. Comcast makes available low-cost Internet service and discounted computer equipment, and other offerings, to families with at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program. www.InternetEssentials.com
Through the end of June 2016, Comcast has:
Comcast offers high speed Internet service in portions of the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia (DC).
For more information on the Comcast Internet Essentials program, and to find out if you qualify or apply for the program, visit their website: https://www.internetessentials.com/ or call toll free 1-855-846-8376.