Program offering low-cost Internet access grows
Mar 06, 2013 (The Gazette (Colorado Springs - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A cable company's program to provide low-income families with Internet access is growing, officials announced Wednesday March 6.
Across Colorado, more than 8,300 families are connected thanks to the aid offered through the Comcast program. Internet Essentials also offers digital literacy training and low-cost computers. The program started in August 2011.
A spokeswoman said a regional breakdown of the program was not available, but they are aware of need in the Pikes Peak area.
In 2012, 40,188 children in El Paso County were eligible for free and reduced price lunch according to Kids Count data, making their families eligible for Internet Essentials.
"In just 16 months, Internet Essentials has helped put a real dent in the digital divide and connected more than 150,000 low-income families, or 600,000 Americans, to the power of the Internet, most for the first time in their lives," Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen said. "Internet Essentials is not just about broadband adoption, however. It's also about what the Internet can do for families, from finding a job to completing homework to accessing vital healthcare resources."
Recent changes including expanding the program to parochial, private and homeschool students, as well as a way for non-profit organizations and others to pre-purchase Internet Essentials service in advance, for up to one year, for low-income families.
More information on the program, including how to apply, is online at InternetEssentials.com.
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