Comcast widens low-cost Internet program indefinitely

Following its Time Warner Cable acquisitions plan, Comcast has announced an expansion of its low-cost service for those with low income. Called Internet Essentials, the service provider revealed today that in excess of 1.2 million individuals in the US have enrolled, and that the program will continue indefinitely.

The announcement was made by Comcast's Executive Vice President David L. Cohen, who says there are now more than $1 million in grants for the creation of Internet Essentials Learning Zones. According to the ISP, the grants are part of the Gold Medal Recognition Program for various communities that "have done the most to help close the digital divide."

Those who are located within the so-called Gold Medal communities can get six months of free service, assuming they meet the eligibility requirements and are approved with application by March 18. The communities established by the grants will be located in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Fresno, Miami, and Seattle, as well as other unspecified locations.

Said Cohen, "In just two and a half years, this groundbreaking initiative has connected more than 1.2 million low-income Americans, or 300,000 families, to broadband Internet at home. We are also proud to join President Obama's call to action for helping to realize his ConnectED educational goals as we announce today an extension and enhancement of our multi-year commitment to close the digital divide."