California leads in closing the digital divide

Comcast Corporation has announced that its Internet Essentials program, the nation´s largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet adoption program, has now connected more than four million low-income Americans, in one million households, to high-speed Internet service at home, the company said.

The state of California leads the country, having connected more than 150,000 low-income households benefiting more than 600,000 Californians.

Internet Essentials has an integrated, wrap-around design meant to address each of the three major barriers to broadband adoption — digital literacy, access to computer equipment, and affordable Internet service. The program is also structured as a partnership between Comcast and thousands of school districts, libraries, elected officials, and nonprofit community partners.

Internet Essentials from Comcast is the nation´s largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet adoption program for low-income Americans. It provides low-cost high-speed Internet service for USD 9.95 a month plus tax; the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under USD 150; and multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online and in person.

Comcast is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation´s largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates 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.