Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Comcast. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.
If you would have asked me 20 years ago if I thought the internet would become what it is today, I would have said probably not. Well, technology proved me completely wrong because in today’s world, almost everything we do daily involves the internet in one way or another. It is important to know how to use the internet to gain all the information it has to offer. Today, I am sharing information about an amazing program that Comcast offers to low-income Americans who want to have internet service but are unable to for financial reasons.
In 2011, Comcast launched Internet Essentials, which is the nation’s largest, most comprehensive and most successful broadband adoption program for low-income Americans in the country. Internet Essentials provides internet access for less than $10 per month, the option to purchase a subsidized computer for under $150 and free in-person, online, and printed digital literacy training in person, in print, and online. The program is uniquely designed to address the three major barriers to broadband adoption—digital literacy training and relevance, equipment, and cost–and relies on a network of tens of thousands of partners to help families cross the digital divide.
Let’s be honest, the Internet has taken over our world and has no doubt become a major historical innovation in technology. It is remarkable that Comcast has made it possible for millions of Americans to obtain internet access with such an amazing program. The internet serves as an awesome way to connect with loved ones, services, news and entertainment. I have been a Comcast customer for almost 20 years and there’s no better feeling than knowing I can rely on their awesome services for my TV viewing, phone and Internet connection. In addition, what I love about Comcast is that the customer service representatives are always willing to help when you have questions and will make every effort to help you understand their services and how they will work best for you.
Internet Essentials can help with the following tasks:
Earlier this month, David L. Cohen, the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast NBCUniversal, announced that Comcast expanded eligibility for Internet Essentials and now includes all qualified low-income households, including previously unserved populations including low-income people with disabilities, senior citizens, veterans, new parents, and adults without children in the home. When Comcast first launched the program, it was initially available to only low-income families who had a child in the National School Lunch Program. This newest enhancement is awesome for so many people who live on fixed incomes and it is the most significant change in the program’s history.
The company announced that since 2011, Internet Essentials has connected more than eight million low-income individuals, from two million households, to the Internet at home, most for the first time in their lives, including nearly 92,000 Connecticut residents. Because of this newest expansion to the program, it is estimated that three million additional low-income households are now eligible to apply, which includes nearly 191,000 households across the state of Connecticut.
Internet Essentials Confronts All Three Barriers to Internet Adoption
To find out if you are eligible to apply, applicants need to be a participant in one of many various federal assistance programs. A full list of the programs can be found by visiting the Internet Essentials site. In addition, you can apply for the program in up to seven different languages online or you can call 1-855-846-8376. Spanish-only speakers can also call 1-855-765-6995.
Well, I’ve really enjoyed sharing everything that I have learned about Comcast’s Internet Essentials program with you. If you know someone who has been wanting to add Internet Service to their home but didn’t think they could afford it, please share this information with them and encourage them to apply for Internet Essentials. They can find all of the eligibility requirements online as well as frequently asked questions. I have already shared this resourceful information with my colleagues, who had never heard of the program before. They were quite impressed and are sharing the information with their friends and family whom they feel would benefit from it.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please drop me a note below to let me know if it’s something you are going to check out for yourself. Already an Internet Essentials customer? Please share your comments below for others. Also, please don’t forget to share this post with your family and friends.
Hasta la proxima – Mitzi