Comcast has rolled out its Internet Essentials program that provides entry-level internet service at only $9.95 a month for low-income families. The service offers up to 1.5Mbps downloads and up to 384Kbps uploads and even offers a Windows 7 Starter netbook with internet and PC training for $150.
The program was first announced back in early August and is part of Comcast's regulatory obligation after its NBC Universal acquisition. The service cannot increase in price over time and there are no rental or activation fees. Generally all families that meet the low-income qualifications can apply unless the family has outstanding bills with Comcast or has been a customer within the past 90 days.
Eligibility for the program depends on individual circumstances, but families with at least one child in the National School Lunch Program will qualify. A family of four making less than $29,055 a year should qualify for the program, while a family of three making less than $25,000 a year should be able to qualify as well.
[via Ars Technica]