Friday, September 9, 2011

Low-Cost Computers and High-Speed Internet Hookup for Low-Income Kids

In an attempt at dealing with the digital divide in our country (which, two decades into the popularization of the internet, is still alive and well), Comcast, the cable communications company, has started a program within its high-speed internet service areas for kids who receive free school lunches called Internet Essentials.  It's a program that provides home internet access for $9.95 a month, and the opportunity to buy a lower-cost computer. 

To qualify, you must have a least one child in the household receiving free school lunches, not have had Comcast internet in the last 90 days, and no unreturned equipment or overdues with Comcast--and live in their high-speed service areas. To get more information and an application, call 1-800-846-8376.  Fill it out, send it back with your child's lunch documentation, and you will hear from them in 7 to 10 days.  They will also send you information about applying for a lower-cost($149.95, plus tax) computer, and free computer training. 

For other possible ways to get low-cost computers, try this blog entry, or this one from aidpage.

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