Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Comcast's Internet Essentials program expanding as digital literacy project soars

If everyone needs internet, poor kids need it also. Part of that need is that everything these days require the use of technology one way or another. Comcast teamed up with the FCC to produce Internet Essentials: a $10 a month broadband plan and $150 computers to get the nation's poorest families online. In just six months, it has been a colossal success. Due to this success, the company is also going to add some sweeteners. Eligibility is being relaxed to include any family who qualifies for discounted lunches (swelling the catchment group by a further 300,000). It's also doubling the speed of the available connection: 3 Mbps down and 768 Kbps up and is allowing community groups to bulk-buy packages to directly supply the most impecunious households. 

It's also pairing up with the "connect to compete" initiative to reduce computer costs, enrich digital literacy materials and connect those outside of Comcast's core service areas.

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