11:11 PM / Sunday April 11, 2021

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

Color Of Money

The Business Corner: Nbeauty hair salon continues to grow during the pandemic

April 9, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email By Teresa Lundy For this edition of The Business Corner, I interviewed Naeemah...

Go With The-Flo

Tsebiyah Derry is slaying music streaming platforms with her new love ballad, “Coastline”

April 9, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Tsebiyah Derry By Florence Anthony According to reports, fans of DMX’s...


Be a stroke hero – how to identify the signs of stroke and why you should act fast

April 9, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT The sudden onset of stroke symptoms can happen to anyone at any...


Details from more than 500 million Facebook users found available on a website for hackers

April 4, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email NEW YORK (AP) — Details from more than 500 million Facebook users have...


Alawfultruth: The caste system within

April 9, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email In the United States, Black and brown people are usually placed into the...


SUNscopes for the week of April 11, 2021

April 9, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email All Signs: This week the Sun and Mercury are dancing with lucky moneybags...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff