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Comcast Gives Eligible Low-Income Families Low Cost Internet Options

Comcast gives low-income families a low cost Internet option for $10 per month, provided they are eligible.

Comcast gives low-income families a low cost Internet option for $10 per month, provided they are eligible.

With regular internet services starting at around $30 per month increasing to $200 each month at the top end of the scale, many families who have a low income are unable to provide internet service for their families, but Comcast is offering a $10 per month for the families who are eligible  to provide them with access to the web.

Called “Internet Essentials”, this service from Comcast is a result of the NBC Universal and Comcast merger back in 2009, when regulators gave approval based on Comcast providing help to low income families. Comcast have said that the download speed will be 1.5 Mbps and can upload up to 384 Kbps, with this option available in the 39 states where Comcast currently have internet services. There will be no activation fees for these families, nor equipment rental fees, and no price increases, guaranteed.

To be eligible for the “Internet Essentials” program, a family must have at least one child enrolled in the National School Lunch Program, live in one of the 39 states Comcast services, must not have had Internet service for 90 days prior to applying for this program, and must not have any overdue bills or unreturned equipment with Comcast. Comcast will also offer vouchers of $150 to help with the cost of a budget computer for the family.

This program is expected to begin at the start of September of this year, just in time for children heading back to school after the summer vacation.

The Comcast Corporation is the largest cable operator and home internet service provider in the United States providing telephone service, cable television and broadband internet services to residential and commercial customers, currently in 39 states.

 

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