Comcast Launches $10 Monthly Internet Service For The Poor

By: John Lester
Published: Aug 10, 2021

Comcast has come up with a great idea to offer $10 monthly Internet plans for low income families. The plan, called “Internet Essentials,” is part of the cable company’s bid to comply with regulators requiring it to help poor families access the service in exchange for approving the acquisition of NBC Universal. The low-cost high-speed connection will feature a paltry 1.5 Mbps download speed, and up to 384 Kbps upload.

The option will be available in the 39 states the cable provider currently serves. Comcast won’t charge for the activation costs or equipment rental fees either, and the company guaranteed no price increases on the $10 monthly fee. Families will have to meet four different criteria in order to benefit from the company’s Internet Essentials.

- One of the children has to be enrolled in the National School Lunch Program.

- Families must live in one of the states Comcast serves.

- Families can’t have had Internet service from the company 90 days before joining the program.

- Families can’t have any overdue Comcast bills or unreturned equipment.

In addition, Comcast said they would help approve families with a $150 voucher to purchase a budget wise computer. They say the new program will begin in September. The cable company has 17 million high-speed Internet customers as of March 30, 2011.

The company is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Comcast also has significant holding in several cable networks, including E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, G4, The Golf Channel and Versus, distribution (ThePlatform), and related businesses. The company acquired a majority stake in media conglomerate NBC Universal in January 2011.

Over the years, the company has also been the subject of substantial amounts of criticism from subscribers and the media for its poor customer service, stance on net neutrality, relationships with local, state and federal governments, business practices and controversial lobbying efforts.

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