The company described the Internet Essentials program as “the largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program for low-income families in the U.S.”
The 6 million included more than 200,000 Tennesseans, including 2,000 Johnson City residents.
Internet Essentials provides low-cost, high-speed Internet service for $9.95 per month plus tax; the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under $150; and multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online and in person.
The company connected more than 2 million people in the last year, which was the largest annual increase in the program’s history. The company also announced it will significantly expand eligibility – for the eleventh time in seven years – to low-income veterans, nearly one million of whom live within the Comcast footprint, including 20,000 in the state of Tennessee. According to the United States Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey, less than 70 percent of low-income veterans have Internet access, and about 60 percent own a computer.
“This program has had an enormous impact on millions of families and children who now have high-speed Internet at home, many for the first time in their lives,” David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, said in a news release. “We’re excited to extend that same opportunity to more than one million, low-income veterans. Veterans have stood up for our country; now it’s time for us to stand up for them by providing access to life-changing digital tools and resources.”