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Needy American families have been waiting for this news for a long time. Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen says the Internet Essentials program is expanding rapidly. And, we might add, expanding in a lot of ways that will help a lot of people.
Cohen offered details in his second annual progress report on the company’s Internet Essentials program.
The biggest news is that Internet Essentials is being expanded to include families of parochial, private and homeschool students. (We thought that the National Free School Lunch program was only available to students in public schools, but United States Department of Agriculture says it’s available in all public and private non-profit schools. That’s good news!)
Comcast offers high speed internet access for just $9.95 a month. It also offers refurbished computers for less than $150. In fact, Comcast says it has already given out more than 15,000 of those inexpensive computers.
To be eligible for these tremendous benefits, families must have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program. Comcast estimates that 2.6 million families are eligible in the areas it serves.
The program has had huge success in its first 16 months. “We’ve connected more than 150,000 low-income families, or 600,000 Americans, to the power of the Internet at home,” Cohen said, “most for the very first time.”
But even better news lies ahead, because this is just the first step in Internet Essential’s expansion.
Rest assured, we’ll let you know more about every step of the expansion as it happens.