Comcast announced it has now connected more than six million low-income Americans to the Internet through its Internet Essentials program, which is the largest home internet program for low-income families in the U.S. The company connected more than two million people in the last year alone, which is the largest annual increase in the program’s history. Comcast says it will expand eligibility to low-income veterans. According to the United States Census Bureau, about a third of low-income veterans do not have Internet service at home, and only about 60 percent own a computer.
“This program has had an enormous impact on millions of families and children who now have high-speed Internet at home, many for the first time in their lives,” said David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. “We’re excited to extend that same opportunity to more than one million, low-income veterans. Veterans have stood up for our country; now it’s time for us to stand up for them by providing access to life-changing digital tools and resources.”
Also of note, the company has sold more than 85,000 heavily subsidized computers.
Comcast attributes some of the recent growth of this program to an enrollment smartphone application, which now accounts for more than a third of all enrollments. The company has also redesigned its Internet Essentials Learning Center with new content from Common Sense Media and ConnectSafely.org. The site now includes a variety of tools to help users learn vital computer skills.
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