This is a sponsored post in partnership with Comcast.
With a new school year just weeks away, I’m busy picking up new back to school clothes for the kids, book bags and supplies to make sure my kids have a successful school year. It’s amazing how far technology has come and how much students today rely on the internet and essentials like a computer or laptop for a successful school year. But the sad reality is there are many families who can’t afford the extra expense of internet access or even a computer. Comcast wants to help change that with their Internet Essentials Program.
Comcast has already connected more than six millions low-income Americans to the internet through the Internet Essentials program and last week it was announced that they’ve expanded their eligibility to nearly one million low-income veterans.
COMCAST HAS NOW HELPED MORE THAN SIX MILLION LOW-INCOME AMERICANS CROSS THE DIGITAL DIVIDE THROUGH ITS INTERNET ESSENTIALS PROGRAM
U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, who were recently named as ambassadors for Comcast’s corporate values initiatives, have embarked on a multi-city tour to raise awareness about the Internet Essentials Program to the communities who need it most.
I had the privilege of meeting them both during an event last week hosted by Comcast. During this event, I not only had a chance to see their passion and commitment to giving back first hand, but I also had the chance to learn more about Internet Essentials and how important it is to low-income communities.
“This program has had an enormous impact on millions of families and children who now have high-speed Internet at home, many for the first time in their lives,” said David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Comcast. “We’re excited to extend that same opportunity to more than one million, low-income veterans. Veterans have stood up for our country; now it’s time for us to stand up for them by providing access to life-changing digital tools and resources.”
COMCAST IS ON A MISSION TO HELP BRIDGE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
Since 2011, Comcast has invested more than half a billion dollars to support digital literacy training and awareness, reaching more than 8.5 million low-income Americans. In addition, the company has sold more than 85,000 heavily subsidized computers, making to easy and affordable for low-income families to afford not only internet access but a computer to utilize for school, finding a job and so much more.
ABOUT COMCAST INTERNET ESSENTIALS
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 $9.95 a month plus tax; the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under $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, go to www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376. Spanish-only speakers can call 1-855-765-6995.
The company has redesigned its Internet Essentials Learning Center with new content from Common Sense Media and ConnectSafely.org. The site now includes a variety of free videos, tools, and resources that can help individuals learn vital Internet safety and digital skills.
The move to extend Internet Essentials eligibility to low-income veterans is the second largest expansion in the program’s history and helps ensure more low-income families can afford the services they need for success. For details on how to apply, please visit: www.internetessentials.com/apply.