Comcast Internet Essentials: Low Cost Broadband Internet For Lower Income Families

Comcast is rolling out a new service called Internet Essentials that provides high-speed internet service for $10 a month, a discounted $150 computer, and free digital literacy training to eligible low-income families. Specifically, you get their XFINITY Economy Internet Service for $9.95 per month with no activation or equipment rental charges. Via Butcherboy of FW. Qualification details:

To your household must meet all these criteria:

Be located where Comcast offers Internet service
Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program
Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
Not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment

If I read the income guidelines for the NSLP correctly, a family of 4 within the lower 48 can’t make more than $29,055 a year to get free lunches. From some quick research, this program does not appear to be directly supported with government taxes. It wasn’t all gumdrops and teddy bears, however. Via the AP:

The program, which could reach at least 2.5 million households, was proposed by Comcast as it sought Federal Communications Commission approval of its takeover of NBC Universal. The commission subsequently mandated the program as a condition of its approval of the deal earlier this year.


  1. Wow thanks for the tip Jon! I know a few families who can definitely benefit from this. I’ll definitely pass the word.

  2. Just an update for anyone who cares. A family friend told me that all she had to do was call the comcast essentials number and request an application from them. She used to have comcast a few years ago so her info was apparently still available. She did not have to provide additional info. She was mailed the application a week later. The application is quick but requires paper documentation that a child is getting free lunch at school.

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