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Comcast To Widen Low-Income Broadband Program, Double Speeds

2012-02-01 15:21 by
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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.

"This is a broadband-resistant population... We knew we were going to have to be at this for a while," Cohen said. "The biggest impediment, by a mile and a half, is digital literacy: This population does not understand the value and importance of broadband. It's not their fault, it's our fault."

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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by YARDofSTUF - 2012-02-02 07:05
Sounds good, great speeds for the price once its doubled. I just wonder how much of the 2 million that are eligible are elderly and don't use a computer, and won't benefit from this.
by sava700 - 2012-02-02 10:22
Good step.. bad thing is the availability to rural area's is where it is needed the most.
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