Cable and Internet provider Comcast is rolling out a new program that offers discounted Internet service to low-income families.
The program is called Internet Essentials and will provide “low-cost access to the Internet and affordable computers as well as digital literacy training to families with children who are eligible to receive free lunches under the National School Lunch Program,” according to the company’s blog.
Internet service provided through Internet Essentials features download speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 384 Kbps. The plan costs $9.95 per month (plus tax) and is available for families that:
- Are 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
- Do not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment
Upon enrollment, new customers have the opportunity to buy a “netbook-style laptop computer” for $149.99 (plus tax). It supports wired and Wi-Fi Internet connectivity and includes the Windows 7 Starter operating system and Internet browser software.
The initial terms of the program state that the offer will last for “three full school years”, whether they will extend it beyond that or not is yet to be seen.
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