Comcast has announced a new $9.95/month internet package for low-income families. This initiative is not as altruistic as it might look but rather part of the company’s continued efforts to meet the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) mandates on their merger with NBC.
The discounted internet service called ‘Internet Essentials’ is available to families that are part of the National School Lunch Program and have not been a prior Comcast customer. When a family enrolls they have the option to purchase a netbook-laptop for $149.99 with internet browser software.
As part of the Comcast-NBC merger the company agreed to “increase broadband deployment in low income households” and promised they would work to bring more diversity to programming.