Telecommunications services provider Comcast has dished out a new broadband service for families with a low income.
The company is offering low income families in the US a broadband service with 1.5 Mbps of download speed and 384 Kbps of upload speeds for $9.95 a month.
Comcast’s Internet Essentials program will come with no extra price increases, no activation costs and equipment rental fees. The company is also offering Internet Essentials customers a chance to purchase a laptop for $149 (plus taxes) and get free facet-face or online internet training.
"Access to the Internet has the potential to be a great equalizer and a life-changing technology. Internet Essentials helps level the playing field for low-income families," Comcast executive vice president David Cohen said.
"Access to broadband in students' homes will help them connect with their teachers and their school's educational resources as well as enabling parents to do things like apply for jobs online or use the Internet to learn more about healthcare and government services available where they live." he added.
However, in order to be eligible for the program, families need to have at least one child receiving free lunch from the National School Lunch Program and must not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment, among other requirements.