Comcast To Widen Low-Income Broadband Program, Double Speeds2012-02-01 15:21 by Daniela
After connecting 41,000 low-income households under its $9.95-per-month Internet Essentials broadband service, Comcast will expand eligibility requirements for the program, as well as double connection speeds and step up digital literacy efforts. Comcast estimates that 2 million U.S. households could qualify for the program. The 41,000 who've signed up so far represent about 2 percent of those eligible.
David Cohen, Comcast’s executive vice president, announced Tuesday that the company is expanding the $9.95 "Internet Essentials" plan to families of children on reduced school lunches. The plan previously only permitted children who were receiving free school lunches to enroll in the program.
Comcast announced that by the second quarter of 2012 it will double speeds - to up to 3 Megabits per second downstream and 768 Kilobits per second upstream.
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