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Comcast Helping Close the Digital Divide

Comcast is partnering with the Charleston Digital Corridor, local non-profit groups and area schools to help bring broadband access to everyone

About a third of American citizens don't have broadband access to the Internet despite an increasingly digital world.

Comcast, working with the Federal Communications Commission, the Charleston Digital Corridor, local non-profit groups and school districts, is trying to change that.

The company's Internet Essentials program provides affordable broadband access to families with children in free and reduced lunch programs in their schools. The Digital Corridor is joining Comcast by requiring the companies that emerge from its small business incubator programs leave behind enough funding to extend the Internet Essentials program to one family for a year. Nearly 80 companies have come through the incubator in the three years it has been in operation, and Founder and Executive Director Ernest Andrade said more are on the way.

Crystal Thomas and her two children have benefited from the Internet Essentials Program since January, and Thomas said without the program her children would not be able to complete their school work because they wouldn't otherwise have Internet access.

More than 6,000 families in Charleston County alone are eligible for the program, according to information provided by Comcast. Another 2,465 families in Berkeley County and 410 families in Dorchester County also qualify.

For more information about signing up for the program visit www.internetessentials.com.

Ambassador September 08, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Another reason my rates are so high. At what point and on what level is it fair to say that "if you do not have the money for something, you cannot have it". Is everything in this asylum run by its inmates, formerly known as the USA, free just because you did not work for it or made choices in life that leave you with no money, no job, or your classic "single mom with 4 kids" with no hint of a husband or father. Why the hell should I pay for it, like a pay for literally everything else that these "6,000 eliglble families in Charleston County" get for free or next to nothing? Please no progressive liberal bull turd.
Proud Conservative Woman September 08, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Yep, my Comcast bill went up $15/month recently, probably to help pay for this program. I am thinking about dropping my internet access at home due to the cost, even though I can afford it. Just because I CAN afford something, doesn't mean I buy it. So, if I CAN'T afford something, someone else should buy it for me - right??!!! So, the internet is considered an "essential" now, like food and housing??? Liberalism gone amok.
JoSCh September 08, 2012 at 01:36 PM
You aren't paying for it. From the article you're currently bitching about... "The Digital Corridor is joining Comcast by requiring the companies that emerge from its small business incubator programs leave behind enough funding to extend the Internet Essentials program to one family for a year." so by all means, complain about the Digital Corridor for being charitable to the areas poor. That's really what you guys are talking about. It isn't free, from the link in the article you're bitching about it clearly shows that the customer pays $10 a month, probably half of what their cheapest plan costs. I haven't changed my service in the last year, my Comcast bill went down a little, less than a dollar. Your bill going up under this oppressive Comcast regime is the same as how your taxes went up under the oppressive Obama regime... they didn't, except in the warped mind of the regressives. And its progressivism gone amok by the way. The GOP is poisoning your mind to liberty by making the term liberal a pejorative.
Hobby September 08, 2012 at 03:24 PM
As usual, there is no such thing as "free"- someone is paying for this, and this is wrong. Just like the "free" cell phone service for those who claim they can't afford it. Check your cell phone bill for the Universal Service Fee- you are paying for everyone to have a phone... and free mionutes also! Stop the madness!!

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