Comcast today announced that it’s expanding its $9.95 per month “internet essentials” program to serve more low-income families.
The announcement came at a news conference with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle at which she praised the program for helping close the digital divide.
Preckwinkle said nearly 16,000 families in Cook County have signed up for the program — more than 10 percent of the nationwide total since the program launched 16 months ago.
The program has been open to families with a child receiving free or reduced price lunches at a public school.
Comcast today said it’s expanding the program to also include low income students attending parochial and private schools and ones who are home-schooled.
In addition to the inexpensive internet service, the program also offers families the opportunity to buy a computer for about $150 and provides access to free digital literacy training in print, online and in person.
More information about the program is available online or by calling 1-855-846-8376.