Comcast announced a commander module on Thursday to move low-cost Internet use to open housing residents in Miami-Dade County, Nashville, Philadelphia and Seattle.
Comcast and a ConnectHome beginning of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development set adult a module to revoke a digital divide. As many as 40,000 open housing residents in all 4 cities might be eligible, Comcast said.
At a kickoff rite during Rainbow Village, a 90-unit housing growth in Miami, Comcast technicians stood prepared to implement Internet use to residents giveaway of assign for 6 months. Every domicile in a formidable also got a giveaway laptop computer.
Normally, a low-cost service, called Internet Essentials, costs $9.95 a month for downloads speeds of adult to 10 Mbps. The use comes with a giveaway Wi-Fi router and a choice to squeeze a mechanism for reduction than $150. All open housing residents in a 4 commander markets are authorised to apply for a use online or by job 1-855-847-3356.
Originally, Comcast’s Internet Essentials was open to families with a child in a National School Lunch Program. The module has been stretched 8 times in 5 years, and commander programs have also been offering to low-income seniors and village college students, Comcast said.
The module has supposing Internet connectors to some-more than 2.4 million Americans, or some-more than 600,000 low-income families, Comcast said.
Comcast also pronounced it had invested $280 million given 2011 to assistance account digital education training initiatives and has distributed some-more than 47,000 subsidized computers during reduction than $150 each.
In a two-minute video, Comcast introduced a singular mom and her immature son in Philadelphia regulating home Internet Essentials service. The mom explains that they are from Puerto Rico and she is regulating a Internet use to stay connected with family and to take courses toward a master’s grade so she will be means to learn Spanish.
Despite a five-year joining to Internet Essentials, Comcast frequently gets low scores for a patron use from consumer advocacy groups and others. The association has about 22 million Internet business and 22 million wire TV customers.
In February, Google Fiber announced it was also operative with HUD’s ConnectHome beginning and would bring giveaway gigabit Internet service to residents of comparison open housing projects in Kansas City, Mo., as good as Atlanta, Durham, N.C., Nashville and San Antonio. Google pronounced it was interesting a cost of providing a giveaway use and would not count on supervision subsidies.
The Obama administration and HUD combined ConnectHome in Jul 2015 to move Internet use and mechanism training to open housing residents in 28 communities nationwide.
HUD reliable that it is not providing subsidies to low-income residents on Internet Essentials in a Comcast commander cities nor in any of a other ConnectHome cities. HUD’s purpose is to bond Internet providers with low-income families.
Comcast’s next-fastest tier of Internet use is called a Internet Performance tier, that offers 25Mbps downstream speeds and 5Mbps upstream and costs $60 to $70 per month, depending on a market, Comcast said.