Comcast is offering six months complimentary internet service to low income families.
Families can apply for the program called Internet Essentials. The program is available in 39 states and the District of Columbia. Those who are approved for Internet Essentials between August 4th and September 20th, 2014 will receive up to six months of Internet service.
Comcast’s low-income program has connected more than 350,000 families to the Internet since launching in 2011.
Comcast also announced an amnesty program for certain low-income families who could qualify for Internet Essentials, but have a past due balance. Customers who have an outstanding bill that is more than one year old will be eligible for the program as well. Comcast will offer amnesty for that debt for the purpose of connecting to Internet Essentials, so long as the customer meets all the other eligibility criteria.
Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen made the announcement in Georgia. Georgia students are among the first in the country to go back to school.
“Internet Essentials is about transforming lives and inspiring a new generation of leaders to be digitally ready to access the information and tools all students need to succeed in the 21st century,” said Cohen. “By offering six months of free Internet Essentials service, along with an amnesty program, we hope to convince even more families that there is no better school supply than having broadband Internet at home. With it, kids can do their homework and parents can be more connected to their children’s teachers and schools.”
Internet Essentials from Comcast is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. It provides low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month plus tax; the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under $150 and multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online and in-person.
Eligible families must have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program, including public, parochial, private and homeschooled students.
For more information or to apply for the program, visit www.InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376, or, for Spanish, visit www.InternetBasico.com or call 1-855-765-6995.