With distance learning plans rolling out across the country due to the coronavirus, Comcast has announced a new program for cities, schools, and nonprofits to connect large numbers of low-income K-12 students to the Internet at home, the company said.
The “Internet Essentials Partnership Program” is designed to help accelerate Internet adoption at a critical time. In nearly ten years, Internet Essentials has become the nation´s largest and most successful low-income Internet adoption program and has connected millions of people to the Internet.
It offers households low-cost, broadband Internet service for USD 9.95/month, the option to purchase a heavily subsidized computer, and multiple options for digital literacy training. Comcast also has announced it is giving all Internet Essentials customers its innovative xFi platform, which enables parents to control and manage their children´s WiFi connected devices.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the “Internet Essentials Partnership Program” has already collaborated with more than 70 schools across the country. The program relies on public-private partnerships and enables entire communities to work together to coordinate funding to help connect K-12 students.
The program also includes two months of free Internet service for new Internet Essentials customers. Recent partnerships with schools in Chicago, Atlanta, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Portland, and Arlington, VA mean more than 200,000 qualified students now have a greater opportunity to get connected. Visit: www.comcastcorporation.com/IEPP for more information.
The initiative builds on Comcast´s recent announcement that it will continue to offer, through the end of 2020, all new Internet Essentials customers two months of free Internet service and it will forgive back debt due so more families can apply.
Since August 2011, Internet Essentials has connected millions of low-income households to the Internet, most for the very first time. During that period, the program has grown from focusing on bridging the “homework gap” for school-age children to addressing digital equity issues for all Americans. For individuals and organizations interested in becoming a partner, visit: https://partner.Internetessentials.com to order free collateral materials.
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.