With students across Florida getting ready to head back to school, Comcast announced that it is including up to six months of complimentary service for any new family that has not yet applied for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. Families who are approved for Internet Essentials between August 4 and September 20, 2014 will receive up to six months of Internet service.
Since 2011, Comcast’s innovative broadband adoption program has connected more than 350,000 families, or about 1.4 million low-income Americans, to the power of the Internet. This includes connecting nearly 50,000 Florida families or about 200,000 low income Floridians through Internet Essentials.
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.
“Currently, Florida has more families connected through Internet Essentials than any other state. This program continues to make progress in narrowing the digital divide,” said Derek Cooper, Comcast Florida Region Vice President for Government Affairs and Community Investment. “Getting people connected is just the first step and we hope this opens up many new doors of opportunity for them and their families.”