Comcast is thrilled that this new school year is starting out with more opportunities than ever for low-income Americans to get connected to the Internet. We are expanding eligibility for the Internet Essentials program to all Federal Pell Grant recipients across our service area. This expansion will allow nearly one million additional low-income students to benefit from Internet Essentials, Comcast’s signature broadband adoption and digital equity initiative.
Starting August 23, 2021, students receiving a Federal Pell Grant can use their Financial Aid Award Letter as proof of eligibility for Internet Essentials. Expanding Internet Essentials eligibility to include Federal Pell Grant recipients brings our eligibility more fully in line with the federal government’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) eligibility, but also is a permanent, structural change to the eligibility for our program. So, students can rest assured that they will be able to either have Internet service for free under EBB or for a heavily discounted price of just $9.95/month.
Like we said earlier, there are now a myriad of ways to connect to the Internet for free or at a low cost. We are pleased to support the federal government’s efforts, including EBB, to help Americans connect to the Internet during the COVID-19 crisis. Broderick Johnson, Executive Vice President, Public Policy and EVP, Digital Equity, Comcast, writes more about it in this blog.
As we continue to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Internet Essentials program, we’re proud that our focus on creating a more equitable and connected experience for low-income families and individuals is stronger than ever.
Thank you for your continued partnership and support of Comcast’s focus on digital equity and the Internet Essentials program.