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 approval. *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 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. *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 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 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 www.comcastcorporation.com 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 www.chapmanpartnership.org. Note to Media: MEDIA OUTLETS CAN DOWNLOAD BROADCAST QUALITY B-ROLL FOOTAGE, INTERVIEWS AND EVENT PHOTOS ON TUESDAY AUGUST 13 SHORTLY AFTER 12 Noon EDT at the following website: http://cie.comcastfloridaproductions.com/. Contact: Comcast Mindy Kramer, 561-227-4286 Vice President of Public Relations/Florida Region firstname.lastname@example.org or Spero Canton, 954-931-2906 Director of Public Relations/Florida Region email@example.com or Chapman Partnership Alec J. Rosen, 305-329-3003 Marketing Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Comcast’s Internet Essentials Continues to Gain Momentum, Connects More Than 220,000 Families or 900,000 Low-Income Americans
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