Comcast getting cheap Internet into Web-less homes

Wednesday , August 20, 2014 - 9:59 AM

The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Comcast is trying to get low-cost Internet service to more low-income children who find it more and more essential for school.

Officials from the company were promoting their $9.95-per-month Internet Essentials service in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. The Salt Lake Tribune reports ( ) Comcast has signed up more than 6,000 Utah families since launching the program in 2011.

The Federal Communications Commission ordered Comcast to create the program three years ago as a condition of acquiring NBC Universal.

Families can sign up if their children are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches.

Sixteen-year-old program participant Marianna Castaneda says the cheap Internet access will help her finish her homework more efficiently. The newspaper reports she previously did assignments on her mom’s smartphone because she didn’t have in-home Web access.

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