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Comcast Internet Essentials program introduces new computer option

Internet Essentials from Comcast provides low-cost, high speed Internet access and computers to families that have at least one child who is eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program, including students in cyberschool, homeschool, charter, parochial and private schools.

Comcast has recently made an addition to the selection of low-cost computers for the Internet Essentials program. New, qualifying families are now able to purchase a desktop or a laptop.

The Internet-ready computers are available for $149.99 plus tax, are installed with Microsoft Office and include a 90-day limited warranty. Purchasing a computer is not a requirement to participate in the Internet Essentials program.

Internet access is priced at $9.95 per month for qualifying families. In addition, the service is packaged with Constant Guard Protection Suite and Norton Security Suite with Identity Guard at no extra cost. Families are also offered free Internet training which is available in print, online and in person.

Launched in August 2011, Comcast’s Internet Essentials program is an effort to bridge the digital divide by providing affordable Internet service to low-income families throughout the nation. As of this spring, the initiative has connected more than 300,000 families, or 1.2 million Americans, to broadband Internet in their homes.

To learn more about Internet Essentials or to apply, those interested can call 1-855-846-8376 or 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish. More information and an application is also available at InternetEssentials.com or InternetBasico.com for Spanish.