Comcast aims to help close the digital divide with new program

Comcast aims to help close the digital divide with new program.

While a majority of Americans have access to the Internet and online resources in their homes, there still remains many families who are effected by what has been called ‘the Digital Divide‘.

As our lives collectively become more and more intertwined with the Web it is becoming increasingly difficult to perform essential tasks without access to the Internet- homework, paying bills, applying for jobs and much more – simply cannot be done in some cases. For families struggling to make ends meet access to online resources is just not affordable.

Recently Comcast has initiated a response to this growing problem of ‘the Digital Divide’ by launching Internet Essentials, a program that focuses on affordable Internet access and computer equipment, along with digital literacy training to eligible families. This campaign is coming to the Lynchburg regional area so spread the word.

Here are the details from Comcast:

The world has gone digital. Today, the Internet is no longer just a convenience. It has become essential for success. That’s why Comcast created Internet Essentials. Internet Essentials brings affordable home Internet to students and their families. While participating in Internet Essentials, customers receive:

  • Fast home Internet for just $9.95 a month + tax
  • No price increases, no activation fees, or equipment rental fees
  • A low-cost computer available at initial enrollment for just $149.99 + tax
  • Access to free Internet training – online, in print and in classroom

With Internet Essentials, families can do all the things they want to do online, like email, homework, sharing photos, job searches, paying bills, watching videos, downloading music and much more.

Internet Essentials customers can also take advantage of the additional benefits of Comcast Internet service, including:

  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Norton™ Security Suite ($160 value) comprehensive online security, at no additional charge
  • Parental controls

A household is eligible to participate if it meets all of the following criteria:

  • It is located where Comcast offers Internet service
  • It has at least one child receiving free school lunches under the National School Lunch Program
  • It has not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
  • It does not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment

Starting in the 2011-12 school year, families may sign up by calling 1-855-8-INTERNET
(1-855-846-8376). For more information visit: InternetEssentials.com

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