Comcast expands low-income program

Express Photo Illustration/Regan Foster

A program aimed at connecting thousands of Colorado homes to low-cost internet has grown. 

In August, telecommunications giant Comcast rolled out sweeping changes to its access initiative Internet Essentials. The program, which offers qualifying households high-speed broadband for $9.95 per month and internet-ready, refurbished computers for $150, has already connected some 300,000 low-income Colorado households to the digital world, according to the company.

The service upgrade, of sorts, came in the form of reduced barriers for qualifications, Comcast said in a statement. Under previous regulations, a qualified household: included a school-aged child who qualifies for free or reduced lunch, a low-income veteran or a community college student; or occupied HUD-assisted housing.

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The changes announced this summer expand the criteria to anyone within the Comcast footprint who can prove participation in one or more of a dozen federal assistance programs. Those include the National School Lunch Program, public housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, Supplemental Security Income, Head Start, the VA Pension and Tribal Assistance, according to the Internet Essentials website. 

In addition, a household must not have subscribed to Comcast internet within 90 days or carry an outstanding debt to the company that is less than one year old. 

For more information, or to apply, call 855-846-8376 or visit Assistance is available in English or Spanish.

— Regan Foster

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