Comcast’s $10 internet for low-income Americans is exploding in popularity

In Category Comcast News Posted by err0r On 01/17/19 Comments 0
Last year, the United Nations declared the internet a basic human right. Internet is also basically a requirement to participate in modern society. But for many Americans, it’s just not affordable — getting internet at home would mean another monthly bill they couldn’t pay.

That explains the exploding popularity of a Comcast program called Internet Essentials.

The Philly-based cable giant announced Monday that over the past year, its initiative had surged from four million to six million people connected nationwide.

Those numbers include nearly 200,000 low-income Philadelphians. By enrolling in the seven-year-old program, these residents scored a massive discount — they pay just $10 per month for regular internet service. That’s the same price tag as when the program first started back in 2011.

The program, which Comcast says is the company’s “No. 1 community impact initiative,”  targets people who are experiencing economic hardship, providing cheap internet service every month as long as you meet the qualifications. You’re eligible for the program if you:

  •     Have at least one child who qualifies for the National School Lunch Program
  •     Receive HUD housing assistance (this includes the Philadelphia Housing Authority)
  •     Live with a veteran receiving state and/or federal assistance

Additionally, you must:

  •     Not have outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than a year old (if your debt is more than a year old, you may still be eligible)
  •     Live in an area where Comcast Internet service is available but have not subscribed to it within the last 90 days

In some parts of the country, there are pilot programs that extend the service to people who:

    Enroll in a two-year community college and receive a Pell Grant OR
    Are age 62 or older and receive public assistance

In Philadelphia, Comcast’s home city, the program is open to all low-income residents, and the 90-day embargo does not apply.

Alexis Floan signed up for the program from her West Philly home about four months ago. She’s 19 years old, and lives with her mother. She currently works two part-time jobs — one at the Children’s Place, and one at Chick-Fil-A.

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