Comcast has launched a $9.95 a month broadband service (plus taxes) called Internet Essentials for families with a child who gets free school lunches (those who get partially subsidized lunches do NOT qualify). Here is the PC World description of the program.
Those qualifying get the Internet access, without additional equipment charges, a coupon that gets them a computer for $150, and an Internet security package, as well as training options. They promise no price increases (i.e. this is NOT a six month teaser.) The FAQ promises that new enrollees will be allowed for three years. As to speed: “Internet Essentials provides home Internet service with download speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 384 Kbps.”
The number to call to get the application materials is 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376). Outreach partners can connect here.
Thanks to Lisa Colpoys of Illinoislegalaid.org, for pointing this resource out.