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COMCAST’S INTERNET ESSENTIALS PROGRAM CONNECTS MORE THAN 150,000 LOW-INCOME FAMILIES – OR 600,000 AMERICANS – TO THE INTERNET
More than 5,400 Families in the Seattle Metro Are Now Online, More than 8,000 in Washington State
New Enhancements for 2013 Include Expanding Eligibility to Parochial, Private and Homeschool Students; a New Online Application Request Form; New Computer Options and Ability for Non-Profits to Pre-Purchase Up To a Year of Service for Eligible Families
SEATTLE – Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen today announced details about the 2nd Annual Internet Essentials Progress Report, which features key milestones for the program as well as a number of program enhancements and a new award designed to honor top-performing school districts. Internet Essentials is the nation’s largest, most comprehensive broadband adoption initiative designed to help close the digital divide.
“In just 16 months, Internet Essentials has helped put a real dent in the digital divide and 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,” said Cohen. “To put that in perspective, that’s approximately the entire population of Washington, D.C. or Boston. Internet Essentials is not just about broadband adoption, however. It’s also about what the Internet can do for families, from finding a job to completing homework to accessing vital healthcare resources. While we’re pleased with our progress to date, we have more work to do to bring more families into the digital age.”
In the Seattle metro area, more than 5,400 families are now online because of Internet Essentials, and in Washington State, including Spokane County, more than 8,000 families are connected.
Additional key program milestones and facts through the end of 2012 include that Comcast:
New in 2013:
Included in Comcast’s 2nd Annual Internet Essentials Progress Report are highlights of the Company’s successes and achievements in the past year as well as lessons learned and new enhancements, which include:
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 homeschool students. We estimate a total of approximately 2.6 million eligible families live in our service area and therefore could apply for Internet Essentials.
Comcast will sign up eligible families in the program through the end of the 2013-2014 school year. These households will remain eligible as long as one child eligible for a free or reduced lunch remains living in the household.
For general information about Internet Essentials, visit www.internetessentials.com for English, and visit www.internetbasico.com for Spanish. Educators or third-parties interested in helping to spread the word can find more information at www.internetessentials.com/partner. Parents looking to enroll in the program can call 1-855-846-8376 or, for Spanish, 1-855-765-6995.
We’ve shared a lot about Internet Essentials in Washington before; click here for past posts. We have filmed PSAs with a variety of local celebrities to let people know about Internet Essentials. Many other Comcast markets have done the same. But we’re pretty sure that we have the only Internet Essentials with the PSA in song 🙂