Comcast believes every family should have access to the opportunities presented by having internet in the home. Since 2011, Internet Essentials by Comcast has offered that opportunity to help close the digital divide for struggling families.
Chris Dunkeson, Area Vice President, Comcast visited New Mexico Living to explain how the program works.
“What it is – if you have kids K-12, and your kids qualify for free or reduced school lunch, you can get internet service for $9.95. It’s great, it’s actually allowed since 2011 we’ve included 15,000 families here in New Mexico and over three-quarters of a million across the country,” says Dunkeson.
This past summer, the program has expanded to include HUD-assisted homes within the eligibility criteria. This means that for people who don’t have qualifying kids in school – they now meet the requirements for this program. Now this gives seniors veterans and the disabled the opportunity to have access to the internet.
The Internet Essentials program offers internet assistance training to help aide people getting started on the internet and the related hardware and software needed to use the systems.
The program also offers help with making affordable and reasonable computer purchases.