Cable, Internet and Telephone provider Comcast (aka Xfinity) is going to launch a new program to offer Internet service to low-income families at an affordable price.
Titled Internet Essentials, Comcast will provide low-cost access to the Internet and affordable computers as well as digital literacy training to families with children who are eligible to receive free lunches under the National School Lunch Program, according to the company’s blog.
The new affordable program will provide download speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 384 Kbps at $9.95 per month but, of course, as with all discounted programs there are requirements to meet:
- You must be located in an area where Comcast offers Internet service
- Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet within the last 90 days
- No overdue bills or unreturned equipment with Comcast
- Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program
- And, if you want, you can buy a netbook-style laptop computer for $149.99 (plus tax) with all the typical trimmings (i.e. Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, Windows 7 Starter, IE browser, etc.)
For three full school years, the program will continue to accept new customers. Sounds like Comcast are becoming do gooders? Well the new program also happens to be a by-product of the Comcast-NBC merger, in which the company agreed to increase broadband deployment in low income households as one of a number of conditions to the acquisition.
Maybe this will get the dialup people to move over finally. Does dialup and modems even exist?