Comcast’s Internet Essentials Continues to Gain Momentum, Connects More Than 220,000 Families or 900,000 Low-Income Americans

  Comcast’s Internet Essentials Continues to Gain Momentum, Connects More Than
  220,000 Families or 900,000 Low-Income Americans to the Power of the
  Internet at Home

 Comcast, Congresswoman Wilson, Miami Dade County Schools, and the Miami Dade
League of Cities Officially Kick Off Year Three of National Program to Bridge
                              the Digital Divide

 Comcast Announces Another Speed Increase, More than Tripling Download Speeds
                   for Customers Since the Program’s Launch

Business Wire

MIAMI -- August 13, 2013

With the start of the new school year, Comcast is re-launching Internet
Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption
initiative for low-income families. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Miami Dade
County School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Miami Dade League of Cities
President and Miami Beach Commissioner Deede Weithorn, and Comcast Executive
Vice President David L. Cohen, along with civic and community leaders, today
kicked off the program’s third year and announced that, in about 22 months,
more than 220,000 families, benefitting an estimated 900,000 low-income
Americans nationwide, now have a broadband connection at home. This includes
nearly 18,700 families in the South Florida area, and nearly 30,000 in the
state of Florida.

Today’s event in Miami is one of the first in a series of back to school
events Comcast is hosting in 23 states across the country to raise visibility
about bridging the digital divide in America and connecting more families to
the Internet.

“For school students today, digital literacy is no longer an option, it is a
necessity,” said Carvalho. “Our curriculum and informational systems are all
rapidly moving to the digital world, which means getting students connected to
the Internet becomes a more critical task.”

“Thanks to community leaders and schools nationwide, more than 220,000
families or 900,000 low-income Americans 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 completing
homework, applying for a job, researching a health condition, or paying a
bill,” said Cohen. “Together, with cities like Miami, we are making real and
significant progress in closing the digital divide in America.”

The momentum of Internet Essentials continues to increase. Since the program’s
launch in August 2011, Internet Essentials has enrolled upwards of 50,000 new
families every six months. In the last six months alone, 70,000 new families
have signed up. In addition, Comcast has distributed more than 18,000
subsidized computers; trained nearly 20,000 people; publicized the program in
more than 4,000 school districts and more than 30,000 schools; broadcast
nearly 2 million public service announcements and partnered with nearly 7,000
community based organizations, agencies, and officials to help spread the word
about the program.

2013 Internet Essentials Enhancements:

To increase enrollment and continue to help close the digital divide in
America, Comcast continues to enhance Internet Essentials. This year we have:

  *Increased Speed – For the second time in two years, Comcast has increased
    its broadband speeds for Internet Essentials customers up to 5 Mbps
    downstream and up to 1 Mbps upstream. On September 1^st, Comcast will have
    more than tripled the download speeds for Internet Essentials customers
    since the program’s launch.
  *Streamlined Enrollment – Comcast has further streamlined the enrollment
    process by expanding the instant approval process for families whose
    students attend schools where 70 percent or more of the students are
    eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.
  *Expanded Eligibility – Comcast has expanded program eligibility criteria
    for the second time, to include parochial, private, cyberschool, and
    homeschooled students. Now, nearly 2.6 million families nationwide are
    eligible for Internet Essentials.
  *Created an Online Application Tool –  On and, it is now easier and faster for a family to apply for
    Internet Essentials. This convenient online request form is available in
    English and Spanish and can be accessed through any Internet-enabled
    computer, tablet, or smartphone. It can be used by families on computers
    at community centers, local libraries or at a friend’s to request an
  *Introduced 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 Florida, Comcast is working with 150 community-based organizations,
including 40 in Miami, to spread the word about Internet Essentials and
provide digital literacy training.These organizations include: The Miami
Public Library System; Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Miami and Boys and
Girls Club of Greater Miami.

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
for English and for Spanish. Educators or third-parties
interested in helping to spread the word can find more information at Parents looking to enroll in the program can
call 1-855-846-8376 or, for Spanish, 1-855-765-6995.

About Comcast Corporation:

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology
company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. 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. NBCUniversal operates 30 news, entertainment and sports cable
networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production
operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks
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