Sunday, August 7, 2011

Comcast Offers $10 Internet Service in Georgia

Comcast will offer low-cost, residential Internet access to 17,000 low-income families with children eligible to receive a free lunch under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in 28 metro-Atlanta area school districts.

The Internet Essentials plan will include:

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

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

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

  • Access to free digital literacy training in print, online and in-person.

  • Additional benefits include the Norton™ Security Suite ($160 value), which provides comprehensive online security protection at no additional charge.
  • 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.