No one has worked harder to promote the government’s new inexpensive broadband program than CheapInternet.com. And now cable giant Comcast confirms that Internet Essentials, its version of the program, is growing rapidly and exceeding its rosiest projections.
The company’s latest progress report confirms that it is now bringing low-cost, high-speed internet access to far more needy Americans than ever before.
“In just 16 months, Internet Essentials has … connected more than 150,000 low-income families, or 600,000 Americans, to the power of the Internet, most for the first time in their lives,” Comcast Executive VP David L. Cohen announced with great pride.
Thanks to federal government urging and support, several companies and consortiums have recently introduced variations of the cheap internet program. Comcast says its Internet Essentials program “is the largest, most comprehensive broadband adoption initiative designed to help close the digital divide.”
Among the Internet Essentials milestones highlighted in the new progress report are:
- Collateral – Internet Essentials has printed and shipped more than 25 million free educational and promotional pieces
- Call Center – The organization has received and responded to overa million Internet Essentials phone calls
- Low-Cost Computers – Believe it or not, they’ve already distributed more than 15,000 desktop and laptop computers for $150 or less.
- Training – Digital literacy is on the rise! Internet Essentials has already taught more than 10,000 low income Americans to use the internet.
- Dual Language Websites – More than 800,000 people have already visited Comcast’s InternetEssentials.com (English) and InternetBasico.com (Spanish) websites.
- Partnerships – The word is spreading as Internet Essentials builds partnerships with more than 7,000 community-based organizations and government agencies.
According to Comcast’s best guess, as many as 2,600,000 eligible families may live in their service areas.
Want to sign up for Internet Essentials? You may qualify if you have a child that is eligible for the National School Lunch Program in a public, parochial, private or home school.
Internet Essentials is a great program. Find out more, sign up and help your family begin to bridge the digital divide.
Source: Global Nation