Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cable Company Comcast to Offer Discounted Internet Service

Samsung NC20 - Lid Open - Side ViewImage via WikipediaCable and Internet company Comcast is offering a discounted Internet service package to low income families. The new Internet service will be called Internet Essentials. It will provide low cost Internet access and also offer a netbook computer at a discounted price. To be eligible for the new service your child must also be eligible for the National School Lunch Program.

Internet service provided through Internet Essentials features download speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 384 Kbps. The plan costs $9.95 per month (plus tax) and is available for families that:

  • Are located where Comcast offers Internet service (currently in 39 states)
  • Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program
  • Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
  • Do not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment

After you are enrolled you will have the opportunity to purchase a netbook style laptop computer for $149.99 plus tax. The computer comes with wired and wireless ability and the Windows 7 operating system and Internet browser software.

The program will continue for 3 years and is available now.

How to apply:

  • Call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) to request an application
  • Complete and return it, along with lunch program documents from your child's school
  • You will notified by mail about the status of your application. Allow 7-10 days for a response
  • Once you are approved, you will be mailed a welcome package with everything you need to set up your Internet service and receive free Internet training. If you choose to purchase a low-cost computer, your welcome package will provide details.

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