Comcast has announced it is significantly expanding eligibility for Internet Essentials, which is the nation´s largest, most comprehensive, and most successful broadband adoption program in America, to include all qualified low-income households in its service area, the company said.
The expansion is the most significant change in the program´s history. The company estimates that more than three million additional low-income households, including households with people with disabilities, are now eligible to apply.
It estimates a total of nearly seven million households now have access to low-cost Internet service, which literally doubles the total number of previously eligible households. In addition, the company announced that, since August 2011, Internet Essentials has connected more than eight million low-income individuals, from two million households, to the Internet at home, most for the first time in their lives.
To be eligible to apply to the program, low-income applicants simply need to show they are participating in one of more than a dozen different government assistance programs. These include: Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). A full list of these programs can be found at www.Internetessentials.com.
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