Imagine your child comes home from school with an assignment to do a large research project. Besides searching for the information to complete the project, they also need to type and hand in the project on a Google doc. But, you have no computer at home; despite being hard working parents you just cannot afford the luxury of internet access.
Now imagine this scenario. After serving this great nation in the U.S. military for a half of your life, it is time to rejoin civilian life. My husband retired from the U.S. Navy just a few years ago. After his retirement, there were forms to fill out on the internet for the VA. While we were fortunate that as a Reservist, he had a civilian job, had he not had this job, he would need to start a job search which nowadays is all done on the internet. Without the promise of income and the costs associated with moving and leaving the military, internet access can once again seem like a luxury.
How Comcast’s Internet Essentials is Bringing the Internet to Low-Income Americans
This post is sponsored by Comcast.
I am so happy to tell you that Comcast is working to connect low-income Americans and low-income veterans living in their footprint. In just the last year alone, Comcast has connected over 2 million people thanks to their Internet Essentials program. The recent announcement to extend their Internet Essentials eligibility to low-income veterans is the second largest expansion of the program.
In my community alone, Internet Essentials has connected approximately 196,000 individuals in Philadelphia (a 63% increase from last year) and in New Jersey, approximately 112,000 individuals have been connected (a 64% increase).
I recently had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, ambassadors and spokespeople for Comcast’s corporate values initiatives and the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Comcast David L. Cohen. The Lamoureux twins are joining Comcast to get the word out about this amazing program. The partnership was a perfect fit since the women’s hockey Olympians focus their community outreach on gender equity, digital inclusion and serving as mentors for aspiring athletes.
Cohen, Lamoureux-Davidson and Lamoureux-Morando are on a multi-city tour to visit local communities and raise awareness about the Internet Essentials program.
“This program has had an enormous impact on millions of families and children who now have high-speed Internet at home, many for the first time in their lives,” said David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. “We’re excited to extend that same opportunity to more than one million, low-income veterans. Veterans have stood up for our country; now it’s time for us to stand up for them by providing access to life-changing digital tools and resources.”
As the nation’s largest high-speed internet adoption program for low-income Americans, Internet Essentials offers high-speed internet service for $9.95 a month plus tax. In addition, Internet Essentials customers can also purchase Internet ready computers for under $150, as well as access to free digital literacy training. Comcast works to partner and create relationships with tens of thousands of school districts, libraries, elected officials, and nonprofit community partners to provide digital literacy skills and communication about the Internet Essentials program.
How can you qualify for Internet Essentials?
Eligible Households must have at least one child who is eligible for the National School Lunch Program, receive HUD housing assistance, or have a low-income veteran receiving state and/or federal assistance. Additionally, households must:
- Live in an area where Comcast Internet Service is available
- Not have subscribed to Comcast Internet within the last 90 days
- Not have outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than one year old
In addition, Comcast offers pilot programs for community college students and seniors in some parts of the country.
If you know of someone who qualifies for this program, be sure to share this information with them so they can take advantage of the Internet Essentials program. For more information, or to apply for the program, go to www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376. Spanish-only speakers can call 1-855-765-6995.