In a wide-ranging effort to promote online safety for Internet users around the country, Comcast has announced a comprehensive campaign between Internet Essentials, the nation´s largest and most successful high-speed Internet adoption initiative for low-income households, and members of the Conference of Western Attorneys General to address some of the most serious challenges seniors, parents, and children face online, the company said.
As of August 2017, the Internet Essentials program has connected more than four million low-income Americans in one million households to the Internet at home, most for the first time. In Arizona and New Mexico, the company will partner with both State Attorneys General to raise awareness about online safety. The expanded initiative builds off an effort the company began last year with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
The action comes on the heels of recent announcements from the Federal Trade Commission that estimate scammers extracted nearly USD 1 billion from Americans last year alone. More than USD 240 million of that total occurred either online or via email. FTC data also shows that younger people reported losing money to fraud more often than older people, with 40% of adults between the ages of 20-29 who filed FTC complaints reporting losing money to fraud, compared to 18 percent of adults age 70 and older.
With the support of a grant from Comcast, the nonprofit Connectsafely.org will develop a multimedia Internet safety toolkit for use by Attorneys General across the country. The materials will contain up-to-date materials to meet the specific needs and concerns of seniors, parents with school-aged children, and students. Comcast also will print and distribute copies of these materials and share them on its Internet Essentials Learning Portal, www.InternetEssentials.com/Safety.
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. For more information, or to apply for the program, visit www.InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376. Spanish-only speakers should call 1-855-765-6995.
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