The company will more than double the number of households that will be able to access the low-cost internet essentials program
Comcast, the American telecommunication giant headquartered in Pennsylvania, has announced that it will expand its low-cost internet essentials program to people with disabilities and senior citizens. The programs’ expansion will help increase the number of households capable of accessing the service, that costs $9.95 per month, by more than double to nearly 7 million.
Apparently, the program had been introduced eight years ago for helping impoverished children that receive free or lunches at reduced prices at school could get access to internet at home. The program has reportedly been changed a total of 11 times in order to expand criteria that meets the requirements for the inclusion of low-income people and veterans who receive public housing benefits.
The recent expansion is the biggest till date that includes people with disabilities. David Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast said it was the group that was largely left out of the digital world.
Cohen said that as per a research, people with disabilities have three times more chances to say that they never have been online and around 20 percent of them are less likely to own a broadband at home. The recent expansion is the highest point for the goal of the company since it started the program in the year 2011.
Internet is a prime innovation in the technical space in the history and it will be unacceptable if millions of individuals and families are unable to access the life-altering resource, Cohen added.
As per the US census data, households located in cities with highest poverty are 10 times more likely to not own a broadband compared to the ones with a higher level of income. For instance, Palo Alto in California has 94% of households connected to the internet compared to Trenton in New Jersey, where the rate of poverty is above the national average, as over 60 percent of households there do not own a broadband.