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Internet Essentials Gets Everyone Connected

Today, the Internet is an essential part of a child’s education.  It strengthens and enhances lessons learned in the classroom and is an increasingly important tool for students and their parents to succeed in the 21st century.

In 2011, Comcast introduced Internet Essentials, a groundbreaking program that they agreed with the Federal Communications Commission to bring community leaders, government and business together to help close the digital divide.  Internet Essentials brings affordable home Internet to certain households with at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), including public, private, parochial and homeschooled students.  While participating in Internet Essentials, families receive:

  • Fast home Internet for just $9.95 a month + tax;
  • No activation fees or equipment rental fees;
  • A low-cost computer available at initial enrollment for just $149.99 + tax; and
  • Access to free Internet training.

Families are eligible to participate in Internet Essentials if they live where Comcast offers Internet service; have at least one child eligible to receive free or reduced price school lunches through the NSLP; have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days; and do not have outstanding Comcast debt that is under one year old.

You can help students and families bring the Internet home by spreading the word about Internet Essentials. To help, Comcast has created materials that you can share. To access these free materials or get additional information, please visit and sign up.

With your help, Internet Essentials will continue to make a profound difference in the lives of those it touches. Together, we can break down the barriers to broadband adoption.