Comcast and Elected Officials Launch Year Three of Internet Essentials in
5,150 Sacramento Metro Area Families and 25,750 California Families Have
Enrolled in Internet Essentials
Comcast's California Region Announces Video Promotion for Students to Explain
"Why the Internet is Essential"
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 8, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --With the start of the new
school year comes year three of Comcast's Internet Essentials, the nation's
largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption initiative for low-income
families. Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Congressman Jerry McNerney, Comcast
Executive Vice President David L. Cohen, and civic and community leaders today
announced that as of June 2013, nearly 25,750 families in California,
including more than 5,150 families in the Sacramento metro area, have signed
up for Internet Essentials.Nationwide, more than 150,000 families have
enrolled in the program, benefitting an estimated 600,000 low-income
Americans, as of January 2013.
"Thanks to community leaders and schools nationwide, more than 150,000
families now have the opportunity to use the power of the Internet at home to
get ahead in work, education, and life, just by doing things online that many
of us take for granted, such as applying for a job, researching a health
condition, paying a bill or completing homework," said Cohen. "Together, with
cities like Sacramento, we are making real and significant progress in closing
the digital divide in America. We know there is still a long road ahead, but
we remain committed to connecting even more families to the Internet
especially during this critical back to school season."
At the Sacramento Convention Center today, Comcast hosted a Youth Tech Summit
and Expo to create further awareness of Internet Essentials and educate and
engage civic and community leaders around the issue of digital adoption and
literacy.The event also included panel discussions about cyber-bulling and
creating 21^st Century learning communities.
In addition, Comcast's California Region also announced a promotion for
children to create a video explaining, "Why the Internet is Essential."
Students in Comcast's California service area from elementary school to high
school are invited to enter by submitting a 60-second video sharing why
broadband access is crucial to them.A selection committee comprised of
leaders from non-profit, education, government and business communities will
review the entries and select winners. Four runner-up students will each
receive netbook computers; and the grand prize winner will receive a netbook
computer and a $1,000 gift card, plus 15 Opportunity Cards that can be used to
pay for Internet Essentials service and 15 netbook computers for the eligible
non-profit community-based organization of their choice. For more
information, students can visit: http://comcastcalifornia.mediaroom.com/
"The Comcast Youth Tech Summit and Expo is important for connecting youth,
their families, and the community with the information and resources needed to
stay linked in today's digital economy," said Matsui. "Events like today's
summit help draw attention to some of the most critical issues families face
with technology including affordability, safety, and accessibility. Whether it
is for homework, finding a job, or creating that next big idea, Internet
access has become a necessity, not a luxury."
Internet Essentials offers eligible families low-cost broadband service for
$9.95 a month. Families also can purchase an Internet-ready computer for less
than $150 and access digital literacy training sessions and materials online,
in print, and in person. Since the program's start, Comcast has distributed
more than 15,000 computers and trained more than 10,000 people across the
nation. Additionally, Comcast has partnered nationally with nearly 7,000
community based organizations, agencies, and officials to help spread the word
about Internet Essentials.
New in 2013
To increase enrollment and continue to help close the digital divide in
America, Comcast continues to enhance Internet Essentials. So far in 2013 we
oExpanded eligibility – Comcast has expanded program eligibility criteria
for the second time, to include parochial, private, and homeschooled
students. Now, nearly 2.6 million families nationwide are eligible for
oCreated an online application tool – On InternetEssentials.com, it is now
easier and faster for a family to apply for Internet Essentials. This
convenient online tool can be used by families on computers at community
centers, local libraries, or at a friend's to request an application.
oIntroduced Internet Essentials Opportunity Cards – Our community partners
are now able to help connect low-income families to the Internet by
purchasing Opportunity Cards that can be used toward the cost of paying
for Internet Essentials service.
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.
About Internet Essentials
Internet Essentials from Comcast is the nation's largest and most
comprehensive broadband adoption program. It provides low-cost broadband
service for $9.95 a month plus tax; the option to purchase an Internet-ready
computer for under $150; and multiple options to access free digital literacy
training in print, online, and in-person. A household is eligible to
participate if it has at least one child eligible to participate in the
National School Lunch Program (NSLP), is located where Comcast offers Internet
service, has not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90
days, and does not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.
Families that enroll in the program can continue to enjoy the service as long
as one child eligible to participate in the NSLP is living in the household.
For more information about Internet Essentials visit InternetEssentials.com
for English and InternetBasico.com for Spanish. Educators or third-parties
interested in helping to spread the word can find more information at
InternetEssentials.com/partner. Parents looking to enroll in the program can
call 1-855-846-8376 or, for Spanish, 1-855-765-6995.
About Comcast Cable
Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone
provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides
these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an
advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings
customers personalized video, communications and home management
offerings.Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and
technology company.Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
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