When COVID-19 caused schools to close and students to continue their studies via remote learning, Comcast offered to provide 60 days of free Internet service to new, eligible Internet Essentials customers. The original offer was set to expire on June 30.
To help provide additional support to students and families as the school year comes to an end and plans are made for the 2020/21 school year, Comcast announced it will continue to provide 60 days of free Internet service to new, eligible Internet Essentials customers. The free offer will now be available through the end of this year. Also, Comcast will continue to waive, through the end of the year, the requirement that customers not have a past due balance with Comcast to qualify for the free offer.
“For almost a decade, Comcast has been helping to level the playing field for families in need so they can benefit from all the Internet has to offer. So, we’re happy to be able to extend this 60-days of free Internet service to new customers,” said Dana Strong, president, Xfinity Consumer Services. “Now more than ever, connectivity has become a vital tool for families to access educational resources for students, important news and information about their community and the world, telehealth applications, or to stay in touch with family and friends.”
Internet has grown from focusing on bridging the “homework gap” for school-age children to being deeply invested in providing digital equity. The program, which offers low-cost, high-speed Internet service for $9.95 a month plus tax, also provides multiple options to access free digital skills training in print, online and in person. In addition, customers have the option to purchase a low-cost Internet-ready computer.
Internet Essentials is structured in partnership between Comcast and tens of thousands of school districts, libraries, elected officials, and nonprofit community partners.
For individuals and organizations interested in becoming a partner, visit https://partner.internetessentials.com to order free collateral materials that will also be shipped free of charge.
For information, visit www.internetessentials.com using any web-connected device, including mobile phones. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. In addition, there are two dedicated phone numbers (855) 846-8376 for English and (855) 765-6995 for Spanish.
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