Low-income families, dicounted broadband: Comcast offers Internet Essentials program

    Comcast is looking to provide the opportunity to access the Internet for low-income families who have students who receive free lunches at school in New Jersey.

    The Internet Essentials program aims to provide low-income parents a rate of $9.95 a month for at least three school years.

    The Star-Ledger reports the program also offers a chance to buy a Dell or Acer netbook for only about $150 along with access to free digital literacy training.

    So far, Comcast tells the Star-Ledger about 100 school districts in New Jersey are spreading the word to students.

    Comcast provides service to all counties of New Jersey except Passaic and Sussex.

    For more information, families can call 1-855-INTERNET (846-8376).

    The Star-Ledger says certain criteria apply to become eligible for the program, such as customers must not have an overdue Comcast bill, for example.

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