If your kid gets free lunch at school you may be eligible. Comcast, the country’s largest cable operator, has started a program to provide low-cost Internet to families with children that qualify for the federal free lunch program.
The program, called Internet Essentials, is part of the agreement with the Federal Communications Commission, negotiated during the company’s merger with NBC Universal. It will bring 1.5 megabit per second speed Internet to families for $9.95 per month, with a guarantee of no activation fees, equipment rental fees or price increases.
“The goal of Internet Essentials is to close the digital divide and offer low-income families all the Internet has to offer,” said Comcast spokesman Marc Goodman. “Clearly the world has gone digital and low-income families that aren’t online are missing out.”
The program also offers families a discounted computer, according to Goodman. The program’s website, internetessentials.com, lists a price of $149.99 plus sales tax which is what families who qualify for the program will pay once they get a voucher. The program just recently began in Massachusetts, and soon it will be available in the 39 states. Click here to see if you qualify….