Comcast announced today that it will extend its free internet program through June 30, 2021.
This is the third time Comcast has expanded the offer. It was set to expire at the end of the year. Internet Essentials is a program that provides internet service to low-income families for $9.95 a month (plus tax). The program also gives customers a chance to purchase a low-cost internet-ready computer.
Comcast also said it will continue to waive the requirement that customers not have back debt due so more families can apply.
For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, go to www.xfinity.com/wifi.
“Our teams have worked tirelessly to ensure our network is operating at peak performance and help our customers and our communities navigate this unprecedented crisis,” said Dave Watson, chief executive officer, Comcast Cable.
“For nearly a decade, we’ve been on a mission to ensure students have the resources they need to be successful. We have accelerated that work during COVID-19 by partnering with public schools to provide Internet for more low-income students and by working with community centers to create safe spaces for families to connect to free WiFi through Lift Zones.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Comcast said it also has created a multiyear program to launch more than 1,000 “Lift Zones” in community centers across the country by working with its network of thousands of nonprofit partners and city leaders. Comcast is providing WiFi in these facilities to help students get online, participate in distance learning, and do their schoolwork. Comcast plans to have at least 200 Lift Zones installed before the end of the year.
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