Thursday, August 18, 2011

Comcast Expands $10 Internet Essential Program to California

Comcast California has expanded its low-cost Internet access program to the Fresno area. Families with children who are eligible to receive a free lunch under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) can receive:



  • Residential Internet service for $9.95 a month + applicable taxes;

  • No price increases, no activation fees, or equipment rental fees;

  • A voucher to purchase a low-cost computer for $149.99 + tax; and

  • Access to free digital literacy training in print, online, and in-person.
http://www.comcast.com

  • In approving the Comcast-NBCU mega-merger, the FCC and the Department of Justice imposed a number of conditions and commitments which generally will remain in effect for seven years. One of these conditions was a requirement to make available to approximately 2.5 million low income households: (i) high-speed Internet access service for less than $10 per month; (ii) personal computers, netbooks, or other computer equipment at a purchase price below $150; and (iii) an array of digital literacy education opportunities.

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