Since way back in 2011, Comcast’s Internet Essentials program has connected over eight million low-income individuals from two million households to the internet. Now the company has announced that it’s bringing low-cost internet to three million more low-income households.
These households get high-speed internet at $9.95 per month, plus tax, and users will be eligible for free digital literacy training and the option to purchase a computer for less than $150 as well. This is certainly great news for those who need it.
Those who want to apply to the program need to show that they are participating in a federal assistance program like Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) among others.
Last year, the program was opened to veterans as well, and Comcast already supported families with a student receiving federal assistance. “The Internet is arguably the most important technological innovation in history, and it is unacceptable that we live in a country where millions of families and individuals are missing out on this life-changing resource,” said David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast NBCUniversal.
Everyone should indeed have access to information and the online world. It may help many learn skills and get better jobs.
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