Comcast Expands Cheap Internet Packages For Low-Income Families

About 2.6 million low-income families now qualify for Comcast's Internet Essentials program.

Comcast is expanding its Internet Essentials program, which offers high-speed Internet for $10 a month, to reach more low-income families while increasing download speeds to 5 Mbps from 3 Mbps. A comparable plan from the cable company costs $50 a month.

About 2.6 million households are eligible for Internet Essenetials. As part of the expansion, students at 25,000 schools with large low-income populations automatically qualify, as do households with children who receive subsidized or free lunch at school. When Comcast took over NBCUniversal in 2011, the nation's largest cable company agreed to offer affordable high-speed Internet for families with children. The company says 220,000 households, or an estimated 900,000 people, have opted into this program.

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  • Lmiv

    Well, as usual any promise of aid to low income persons is a huge run-around of red tape and piles of paperwork compounded by lengthy wait times! This program is no exception.
    Now I am told I do not qualify because I choose to be responsible and send my child to school with a nutritious lunch from home instead of signing him up for the carb- laden saturated fat school lunches that are FREE Ridiculous!!

  • Carolyn Turpin

    I teach in a low income rural area.  Comcast is the only cable TV provider here .  There are many families in our community who live on remote rural roads,... not on the "highway".  As of now, Comcast does not and seems to have no plans for bringing cable service to those who live off the main highways.  So I am assuming that despite your noble claim and the great ad campaign that raises hopes, your profit based decisions to exclude these areas and families from your customer base will continue to deprive them of the opportunity to get the reduced rate internet as well.  Our school is trying to stay current with trends in educational technology, but with so many of our students unable to get internet, we are severely limited on how effectively we can incorporate technology into the way our students can produce their work.  I sincerely hope your company decides to put your money where your mouth is actually meet the needs where they are, not just where it is convenient.

  • Edna Norman

     I hope they will consider your request their are so many remote areas where not only children need this technology but just for everyday living.Everything is based on those satellites I pray they put cable TV providers where ever they are needed.

                                                            Good Luck
                                                            Edna