Comcast launches discounted Internet service program for low-income families

By COH Staff

Ohio families with students enrolled in the free lunch program may be eligible to receive high-speed Internet services at a significant discount. Comcast, an Internet provider, is hosting an initiative called Internet Essentials in which households with at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program can receive high-speed Internet services at just $9.95 per month. The home Internet service includes download speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 384 Kbps.

The program is applicable to those living in areas serviced by Comcast, which is a large portion of Ohio. Those eligible for the Internet Essentials program may also have the opportunity for a discounted computer and free technology training. Participants can purchase a netbook-style laptop computer that supports wired and Wi-Fi Internet connectivity.

The Internet Essentials program launches for the 2001-12 school year and will run for three full school years.

To apply for this program, call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376). Additional information on the program can be found at

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