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September 21, 2011

Internet Essentials, from Comcast

Filed under: In The News,Technology — Ken @ 1:58 am

Do you (or your children) qualify for free school lunches and live in an area served by Comcast? If so, you may qualify for their new Internet Essentials service, providing you with a speedy 1.5 Mb/sec broadband internet connection for a low $9.95/month. What’s that you say, you don’t have a computer? You may qualify for one running Windows 7 for $150 from Comcast. Of course, there are a few requirements:

  1. Be located where Comcast offers Internet service
  2. Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program
  3. Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
  4. Not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment

For it’s part, Comcast commits to keeping this offer for three years, without price increases.

Why is Comcast doing this? Because it was a requirement to curry favor with the regulators in Comcast’s bid to acquire NBC/Universal.

Sources:

arstechnica.com: Comcast’s $9.99 Internet for low-income families goes nationwide and Comcast: $10/month Internet—and cheap netbooks—for the poor

internetessentials.com: Internet Essentials

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