(HOUSTON) — Comcast is announcing it will include up to six months of complimentary service for any new family in Houston and nationwide that has not yet applied for Internet Essentials. Families who are approved for Internet Essentials between now and Sept. 20 will receive up to six months of Internet service. Since 2011, Internet Essentials has connected more than 350,000 families, or about 1.4 million low-income Americans, to the power of the Internet. This includes nearly 16,000 families in Houston. The program is available in 39 states and the District of Columbia.
Comcast also announced an amnesty program for certain low-income families who could qualify for Internet Essentials, but have a past due balance. Customers who have an outstanding bill that is more than one year old are now eligible for the program. Comcast will offer amnesty for that debt for the purpose of connecting to Internet Essentials, so long as the customer meets all the other eligibility criteria.
“Internet Essentials is about transforming lives and inspiring a new generation of leaders to be digitally ready to access the information and tools all students need to succeed in the 21st century,” said Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen. “By offering up to six months of complimentary Internet Essentials service, along with an amnesty program, we hope to convince even more families that there is no better school supply than having broadband Internet at home. With it, kids can do their homework and parents can be more connected to their children’s teachers and schools.”
Throughout the back to school season, Comcast will engage with parents, teachers, nonprofit partners and elected officials to help spread the word to low-income families about the program. The company will also continue to offer families the option to purchase a computer at less than $150, as well as provide access to free digital literacy training online, in print and in person.