Comcast Announces Expansion of Its Internet Essentials Program to Reach All Low-income Americans

Posted on August 13, 2019

Comcast announced it will significantly expand eligibility for Internet Essentials, which is the nation’s largest, most comprehensive, and most successful broadband adoption program in America, to include all qualified low-income households in its service area. The Company estimates that more than one million low-income households in California, including MediCal recipients, households with people with disabilities and previously uncovered seniors, are now eligible to apply. In addition, the company announced that, since 2011, Internet Essentials has connected more than one million Californians from 260,000 households to the Internet, most for the first time in their lives.

To be eligible to apply to the program, low-income applicants simply need to show they are participating in one of more than a dozen different government assistance programs. These include: Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). A full list of these programs can be found at The Company already accepts applications from households that have a student eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program, live in public housing or receive HUD Housing Assistance, including Section 8 vouchers, or participate in the Veterans Pension Program, as well as low-income seniors and community college students in select pilot markets.

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