Comcast Program Expanding Broadband Internet Access

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:

Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White with questions about Summer Conference.