Comcast offers low-cost Internet service to public housing residents in 4 cities – Computerworld

Comcast announced a pilot program on Thursday to bring low-cost Internet service to public housing residents in Miami-Dade County, Nashville, Philadelphia and Seattle.

Comcast and the ConnectHome initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development set up the program to reduce the digital divide. As many as 40,000 public housing residents in all four cities may be eligible, Comcast said.

At a kickoff ceremony at Rainbow Village, a 90-unit housing development in Miami, Comcast technicians stood ready to install Internet service to residents free of charge for six months. Every household in the complex also got a free laptop computer.

Normally, the low-cost service, called Internet Essentials, costs $9.95 a month for downloads speeds of up to 10 Mbps. The service comes with a free Wi-Fi router and the option to purchase a computer for less than $150. All public housing residents in the four pilot markets are eligible to apply for the service online or by calling 1-855-847-3356.


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