Do you remember reading about Comcast's ultra-low-cost Internet for low-income Americans?
Now the ISP megacorporation will extend that offer to some college students. You'll want to share this story with any students or parents of students you know. They could qualify for Internet service at $10 a month if they live in states where this program is offered.
If Comcast sticks with its plan to dole out the cheaper Internet plan, roughly 40,000 Colorado and 90,000 Illinois community college students would be eligible for Comcast's Internet Essentials program.
The proposed expansion of this service would extend out the recipients of the federal Pell grant, which is a form of financial aid for many skilled but poverty-stricken students who wish to attend college.
In addition to the new trial program aimed at college students, Comcast also launched a program that targets senior citizens in Florida for the Internet Essentials service. And as of August of this year, over 500,000 members have signed up for the cheaper Internet program.
Comcast is continually looking for groups of people to extend the Internet Essentials program out to. Up next on the list? Families whose children qualify for free or reduced-cost school lunches, or if the children are enrolled in a school where at least half of the student population is eligible for free or reduced meal plans.
We think the Internet Essentials programs is a great way to get people who are otherwise disconnected from technology due to the cost, engaged in the digital world.
But what do you think about this program for cheaper Internet for the less-fortunate? Tell us by leaving a comment below.