[NFBWATlk] FYI: Comcast for Low IncomeBudgets

Judy Jones sonshines59 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 16 19:01:59 UTC 2019

See below.



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If you aren't already aware, Comcast has recently expanded its low-income
?Internet Essentials? program.  There is now more criteria which will expand
eligibility for this low-cost service to more people stuck in the digital
divide.  This will allow affordable in-home internet service which will free
more people from having to use public Wifi hotspots to get internet access.


Learn more about Internet Essentials by Comcast program in English at




or in Spanish at es.internetessentials.com




Summary of the Internet Essentials program is as follows:


How to Qualify:



To qualify, your household must:


Be in a Comcast serviceable area.


Receive a state and/or federal assistance program noted below.


Not have any level of Xfinity Internet service now or within the last 90


Not have an outstanding Comcast balance that is less than one year old.


Including meeting all of the criteria noted above, your household must also
be eligible for or receive at least one of the following public assistance


Medicaid: Federal Healthcare Program (Such as the Oregon Health Plan).


NSLP: National School Lunch Program.


SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (Formally known as food


Housing: public housing assistance including HUD, Section 8, Housing Choice
Vouchers, etc.


TANF: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.


SSI: Supplemental Security Income.


LIHEAP: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.


Federal Pell Grant: Community college financial aid (CO and IL only).


WIC: Women, Infants, and Children.


VA: Veterans Pension eligibility determination letter from the Veterans


Tribal Assistance program including TTANF, FDPIR.


What You'll Get



Internet Essentials includes:


15 Mbps downstream / 2 Mbps upstream Internet service for just $9.95 a month
+ local sales tax (if applicable). (A 1 Terabyte data usage cap applies as
with other Comcast/Xfinity services)


No activation fees and no equipment rental fees for a Comcast provided
Wireless Gateway delivering in-home WiFi!!  (This is a huge savings
considering Comcast charges their full-rate customers $13/month for the


Upon approval of eligibility, the option to purchase a refurbished computer
for just $149.99 + tax. (Windows 10 laptop OR desktop computer.  See the
Welcome Kit page for details: https://www.internetessentials.com/welcome-kit


Norton? Security Online: Helps secure multiple PCs, Macs, smartphones and
tablets from online security threats.


Access to free Internet training online, or in person at participating
partner organizations.


Access to 40 (individual one-hour sessions) of Xfinity pubic WiFi Hotspots
every 30 days.  Xfinity Wifi Hotspot Finder:


Under this new expansion, internet access eligibility will extend to an
additional 3 million low-income Americans. According to the U.S. Census,
people living in high-poverty cities are 10 times less likely to have
broadband at home than those in higher-earning communities. Comcast has
already connected 52,000 households in Oregon and SW Washington.




If you have any questions, reach out to the Comcast Internet Essentials
contact center at 1-855-846-8376 (Hours of operation are 8 AM to Midnight
(EST), seven days a week.) or the links noted above.

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