Image

9:18 AM / Thursday June 13, 2024

4 Sep 2011

Comcast to announce “Internet Essentials” to provide low income families access to world wide web

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
September 4, 2011 Category: Local Posted by:

Comcast Corporation, the nation’s largest cable television provider, will soon begin a cut rate monthly program for Internet service aimed at low-income families with children. About 150,000 children in Philadelphia could be eligible for the program, “Internet Essentials,” at al cost of $9.95 per month instead of the standard $49 fee for broadband service—an 80 percent discount.

 

Mayor Michael Nutter and Comcast CEO Ralph Roberts are scheduled to announce the Internet Essentials program next Tuesday, the first day of school.

 

Comcast’s commitment to create Internet access for low-income families grows out of the recent deal the giant cable television promised when its bid to buy NBC Universal was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

 

According to Comcast executives, the Internet Essentials will gradually be available to nearly 3 million pupils nationwide.

 

In addition to the Internet hook-up, qualifying students will also be given vouchers worth $150 to obtain laptop computers from Dell or Acer, two participating PC manufacturers. Comcast also said it will not charge activation or modem fees with Internet Essentials or require participants to sign a contract. The $9.95 fee monthly charge will be frozen for the duration of the project.

 

For more information Internet Essentials, English speakers can call 1-855-846-8376 and Spanish speakers, 1-855-765-6995.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Fur Babies Rule!

Not just the dog: How to protect yourself from ticks

June 3, 2024

Tweet Email BPT Did you know people do more to defend their pets from ticks than for...

Philly NAACP

June 9, 2024

June 10, 2024

Tweet Email Tweet Email Related Posts Philadelphia Judicial Primary Candidates At A Glance Guide Philadelphia Judicial Candidates...

Health

Knowing the signs of stroke

June 8, 2024

Tweet Email FAMILY FEATURES Stroke can happen to anyone – it happens to more than 800,000 people...

Election 2024

A year of elections in democracies around the world is revealing deep dissatisfaction among voters

June 9, 2024

Tweet Email ABOVE PHOTO: FILE – Students protest for more public university funding and against austerity measures...

Color Of Money

Things are not always what they seem: Beware of identity fraud

June 3, 2024

Tweet Email BPT Scam artists are constantly changing tactics to steal your personal identifiable information (PII), including...

Food And Beverage

Serve up a summertime spread

June 8, 2024

Tweet Email FAMILY FEATURES Few things complement warm weather like a summer spread with everyone’s favorite foods....

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff