As reported by the Baltimore Sun, Comcast is taking steps to expand eligibility for broadband internet access for disadvantaged populations by offering the service for $10 a month along with free access for 6 months as a back to school special.
Comcast launched Internet Essentials in 2011 to families with children who receive free or reduced-price school lunches, a common poverty yardstick. Since then, 350,000 households including 1.4 million people have subscribed to the service.
According to Comcast, research shows that 30 percent of Americans don’t subscribe to high-speed Internet services at home, though only 7 percent live in rural communities without broadband infrastructure.
To learn more about the importance of broadband access and deployment challenges attend the MACo summer conference session titled “Going the Distance – Building the “Last Mile” of Broadband Infrastructure.” This session will be held on Thursday, August 14 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Learn more about MACo’s 2014 Summer Conference:
- Registration Brochure
- Online Registration
- Reduced Hotel Rates List
- Sponsorship Brochure
- Exhibitor Brochure
- Golf Tournament Registration Form
- Conduit Street Coverage of MACo’s Summer Conference
Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White with questions about Summer Conference.