Comcast is rolling out a new ‘Internet Essentials’ plan for low-income households designed to comply with stipulations made by regulators during Comcast’s bid for the acquisition of NBC Universal that required the company to help poor families connect to the Internet.
Set to launch in September, families can be enrolled at this price-point for up to three years, with limited bandwidth (1.5 Mbps download speed, 384Kbps upload).
Through this program families can also receive a voucher for a computer costing less than $149; however, as noted on Zdnet, this price point could force low-income families to purchase second-hand computers as few computer manufacturers provide computers at this price point.
Qualifying families will also have access to Comcast’s digital literacy materials as well as deeply discounted anti-virus software.
To qualify for the $9.95 a month Internet service a household must meet all these criteria:
- Be located where Comcast offers Internet service (currently in 39 states)
- Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program
- Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
- Not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.
If you know a family that has not been able to afford internet access, spread the word. This program may be just right for their budget.