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 School Superintendent
 Carvalho, 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 at a special event this morning at Chapman
Partnership for Homeless in Miami.

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.

At the Miami event, Comcast added 50 opportunity cards, to obtain free
Internet Essentials services, as part of Chapman Partnership’s “move out”
kits. These kits provide necessities like linens; towels and kitchen utensils
for program graduates to help them get started again.

“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 to eligible families
    that attend schools with 70 percent or more National School Lunch Program
    participation. An estimated 4,600 additional schools located in states
    where Comcast provides service are now eligible for instant approval. This
    is on top of the 20,000 schools that are already approved for instant
  *Expanded 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
    Internet Essentials.
  *Created an Online Application Tool –  On, 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.
  *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
and Resorts. Visit for more information.

About Chapman Partnership

Chapman Partnership operates two Homeless Assistance Centers with 800 beds
located in Miami and Homestead. We help the homeless by providing a
comprehensive support program that includes emergency shelter, meals, health,
dental and psychiatric care, day care, job training, job placement and
assistance with securing stable housing. At Chapman Partnership we empower
homeless men, women and children to build a positive future by providing the
resources and assistance critical to growth and independence. Our mission is
to provide comprehensive services to empower our homeless residents to become
self-sufficient. To learn more about Chapman Partnership, please visit

Note to Media:



Mindy Kramer, 561-227-4286
Vice President of Public Relations/Florida Region
Spero Canton, 954-931-2906
Director of Public Relations/Florida Region
Chapman Partnership
Alec J. Rosen, 305-329-3003
Marketing Manager
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