Comcast launches low-cost plan to provide poor youth with Internet

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 3:36pm
Staff reports

Low-income Metro schools families who qualify for federal free and reduced lunches can soon receive Internet connectivity and other services at discounted prices through a new Comcast Middle Tennessee initiative.

The program, Internet Essentials, allows households with at least one Metro student who meets low-income economic criteria for Metro schools to receive Comcast’s residential Internet service for $9.95 a month. In addition, the program features no price increases, activation fees or equipment rental fees; a $150 voucher for a “low-cost computer”; and access to free digital literacy training. The program launched Tuesday. 

Besides the free and reduced lunch requirement, eligible participants can not have overdue Comcast bills or have subscribed to Comcast Internet services within the past 90 days.

“While many students and families across America are increasingly gaining access to the Internet, many low-income households are being left at a disadvantage because they don’t have Internet service at home,” Comcast Area Vice President John Gauder said in a press release. 

“We are pleased to play a part in making broadband adoption a reality for more families.”

For information on how to participate, visit

2 Comments on this post:

By: on 8/24/11 at 7:22

This is a really good option for low income families.

By: eCivitas on 8/26/11 at 11:22

Lest ye think that Comcast is doing this out of the goodness of their corporate hearts, this was mandated in the agreement to acquire NBC.