Comcast Expands Internet Essentials Program for Low Income Families for Back to School

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Comcast announced this week that it will expand its Internet Essentials Partnership Program to help low income students stay online for the next school year.

The program launched during the pandemic, in an effort to help students in kindergarten through 12th grade stay connected at home to do schoolwork. Comcast has made the Internet Essentials package available since 2011, offering internet access for just $9.95 per month.

The partnership program started with over 70 schools across the US and allowed 200,000 students to get online.

Partnership agreements have been announced in the following cities:

  • Arlington, VA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boulder, CO
  • Chicago, IL
  • Elgin, IL
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Holyoke, MA
  • Houston, TX
  • Lancaster, PA
  • New Bedford, MA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Portland Community College Foundation
  • Portland, OR
  • Rockford, IL
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Salem, MA
  • Salem, OR
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Somerville, MA
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • York, PA

“We’ve seen firsthand that low-cost Internet access is an important part of improving digital equity and creating positive opportunities for low-income students and families,” said Dana Strong, President of Xfinity Consumer Services. “Through this new partnership program, we are accelerating the efforts of cities, schools, philanthropies, nonprofits, and private citizens to collaborate and open the doors of Internet access for more families in need.”

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