Comcast Offers $10 Internet, $150 Netbook to Low-Income Families

Posted Aug 8, 2011

Comcast is launching a program called Internet Essentials to provide “low-cost access to the Internet and affordable computers as well as digital literacy training to families with children who are eligible to receive free lunches under the National School Lunch Program.” Mashable reports that the $9.95 a month plan will be available to families that live in a Comcast-covered area, have at least one child with free lunches via the National School Lunch Program, haven’t had a Comcast subscription in the last 90 days and don’t have unreturned Comcast equipment or an overdue Comcast bill.

Customers who enroll in the Internet Essentials plan have access to purchase a Wi-Fi connected netbook running Windows 7 for about $150. The program will accept customers for “three full school years,” a plan that should bring internet connectivity to many low-income families who would otherwise not be able to afford the luxury.