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Comcast Moves to Bridge Digital Divide

Company kicks off plan to provide low cost service to low-income households

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    News4 parent company Comcast launches a new nationwide program to close the digital divide for low-income families. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011)

    The Comcast Cable Company is making good on its promise to bring low-cost Internet service to low-income families across the country.

    The company unveiled its "Internet Essentials" program at Ballou High School in Washington, D.C.

    The new program provides Internet service for $9.95 per month, a voucher good for a reduced price on a computer and free digital literacy training.

    Every family with a child eligible for the National School Lunch Program is eligible for this program, too.

    "We're going to break down the barriers that prevent lower income families from having the same access to the Internet as higher income families have," Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen said.

    "Internet Essentials is the nation's largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program for low income Americans," he added.

    The program is available in Comcast service areas in 39 states and the District of Columbia.

    About 400 school districts with more than 30,000 schools will qualify.

    Comcast owns NBC Universal, the parent company of News4.