Comcast And CA Attorney General Harris, SF Mayor Lee, Former NFL Coach Tony
Dungy Kick Off Year Two Of The Groundbreaking Internet Essentials Program
Designed To Help Close The Digital Divide
Nationally, Nearly 100,000 Families or More Than 400,000 Low-Income Americans
Have Signed Up
California Increases Program Participants with More Than 10,000 New Families
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 9, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --California Attorney General Kamala
Harris, Mayor Ed Lee, Former NFL Coach Tony Dungy and Comcast Executive Vice
President, David L. Cohen today announced year two of Internet Essentials, an
ambitious and comprehensive broadband adoption program designed to help close
the digital divide for low-income Americans. In its first full year of
availability, more than 100,000 families or more than 400,000 Americans are
now online and Comcast continues to enhance the program with new features and
processes designed to accelerate enrollment in the program.
"San Francisco is the Innovation Capital of the World and we are making sure
everyone in our City from our youth to our seniors are able to participate,"
said Mayor Ed Lee. "I'm proud of the progress we have made, but we still have
more to do to bridge the digital divide."
David L. Cohen, Comcast Corporation Executive Vice President, added, "I'd like
to congratulate Mayor Lee for committing to connect children and families to
the internet at school and home to ensure their success in school and beyond.
We thank Mayor Lee for being an ambassador of Internet Essentials to empower
students and families with access to the endless resources the Internet has to
New in 2012:
Since Internet Essentials launched, Comcast has made a number of program
oExpanded eligibility criteria to include families with children eligible
to receive reduced price school lunches under the National School Lunch
Program. This means nearly 300,000 additional households are now eligible
for the program, bringing the total to 2.3 million eligible families;
oDoubled broadband speeds to up to 3 Mbps downstream and up to 768 Kbps
oUpgraded the free Internet safety software to include the Constant Guard
Protection Suite, which includes top-rated Norton Security Suite, identity
theft protection and more;
oEnriched digital literacy training efforts both online and in-person,
including offering a series of short videos, featuring NBC and Telemundo
news personalities Al Roker, Kate Snow, Jenna Wolfe and Jose Diaz-Balart,
discussing how to use job search tools and social networking site as well
as tips for what parents should know about cyber bullying;
oStreamlined the approval process by providing an instant approval process
for all students who attend schools with the highest percentage of NSLP
participation, which includes Provision 2 schools;
oIntroduced a bulk order program that empowers community-based
organizations to purchase Internet Essentials accounts so they can connect
the eligible families they serve.
Internet Essentials Program Details:
Internet Essentials addresses three primary barriers to broadband adoption
that research has identified – a lack of understanding of how the Internet is
relevant and useful, the cost of a home computer and the cost of the Internet
service. Program participants receive:
oResidential Internet service for $9.95 a month plus applicable taxes;
oNo price increases, no activation fees, or equipment rental fees;
oA voucher to purchase a low-cost computer for $149.99 plus tax; and
oAccess to free digital literacy training in print, online and in-person.
A household is eligible to participate if it meets all of the following
oIs located where Comcast offers Internet service;
oHas at least one child who is eligible to receive a free or reduced school
lunch under the NSLP;
oHas not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days;
oDoes not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.
Comcast will sign up eligible families in the program for at least three
years, through the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Any household that
qualifies during this three-year period will remain eligible for Internet
Essentials if at least one child eligible for a free or reduced lunch remains
living in the household.
In California, Comcast is working with a growing network of community based
organizations to spread the word about Internet Essentials and provide digital
literacy training. Those organizations include: California School Library
Association, Center for Training & Careers, Greater Sacramento Urban League, K
to College, MOUSE Squad and Reading & Beyond.
For general information about Internet Essentials, please visit
www.internetessentials.com for English and visit www.internetbasico.com for
Spanish. Educators or third-parties interested in helping to spread the word
can find more information at www.internetessentials.com/partner. Parents
looking to enroll in the program can call 1-855-846-8376 or, for Spanish,
About Comcast Corporation:
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is one of the
nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications
products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of
cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and
distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global
audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest
video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business
customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which
owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo
broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production
operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.
SOURCE Comcast Corporation
Contact: Bryan Byrd, 916. 826. 7983, Bryan_Byrd@cable.comcast.com
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