About 30 percent of Americans – many of whom are living near or below the poverty line – are without broadband access at home. Experts have identified three primary barriers to broadband adoption: a lack of understanding of how the Internet is relevant and useful to one’s daily life, the cost of a home computer and the cost of Internet service.
Since 2011, Comcast has invested more than $165 million in cash and in-kind support to fund digital literacy initiatives nationally.
To help close this digital divide, Comcast provides a public service program called Internet Essentials. The program provides low income families, those with children eligible to receive free and reduced-price school lunches under the National School Lunch Program, with low-cost Internet access for $9.95 a month, a voucher to buy a low-cost computer and digital literacy training in print, online and in-person.
Response and support of Internet Essentials continues to be strong. Comcast is asking for support from parents, educators, community leaders and government officials to join in this effort, so that those who are eligible can get connected to the Internet, get a computer and receive training.
Educators and third-parties interested are also invited to participate. Parents looking to enroll in the program can call 1-855-846-8376 or, in Spanish, 1-855-765-6995.