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January 20, 2011

Subsidized Internet Access

Filed under: In The News,Technology — Ken @ 2:16 am

Over in the U.K. and here in America plans are underway to provide low-cost/subsidized Internet Access for folks that either can’t afford or simply weren’t interested in getting access before.

In the U.K. the Government is organizing something called Race Online 2012 which intends to offer refurbished computers for around $150 and low-cost internet access for about $15/month to the estimated 9.2 million adults in the U.K. without Internet access. While still only a pilot program, if everything goes well the plan is to expand it to all U.K. adults by the 2012 Olympics.

Here in the United States, the federal government has imposed a requirement on Comcast in its bid to acquire NBC Universal that would have Comcast offering discounted computers ($150 each, complete) and low-cost ($10/month) broadband internet access to about 2.5 million low-income households, along with numberous other conditions. A low-income household is defined as one in which the children are eligible for the federally subsidised free lunch program at school.

Sources:

Ars Technica: Comcast: $10/month Internet—and cheap netbooks—for the poor

ISP Review: UPD UK Government to Offer Cheap Computers for People without Internet Access

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