∞ Comcast debuts 'Internet Essentials' for low-income families

Comcast has announced plans to offer $10 per month Internet access to low-income families. The “Internet Essentials” plan also nets families who meet the qualifications with a $150 voucher to help them buy a free computer.

The plan was unveiled late last week in Miami, Fla., but is available wherever Comcast offers service. It requires families to meet several criteria in order to qualify:

  • The family has to be located where Comcast offers Internet service;
  • At least one child has to be eligible for a free school lunch;
  • The family can’t owe Comcast money or equipment;
  • and the family can’t have been a Comcast Internet customer within 90 days.

In return, Comcast will provide the family with Internet service for $9.95 per month plus tax, without no price increases, activation fees or equipment rental fees. They also provide the family with a $150 voucher to purchase a low-cost computer, as well as “digital literacy training” and access to security software.