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Internet Essentials

Connecting 8 Million Low-Income Americans

The Internet is arguably the most important technological innovation in history. Since 2011, Internet Essentials from Comcast has connected more than eight million low-income people to low-cost, high-speed Internet at home so that students, parents, veterans, and now all qualified low-income households can be ready for anything.

The ability to access and navigate the Internet is the most fundamental skill for all people to compete in the 21st century economy.
David L. Cohen
Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer

our continued commitment

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Comcast Announces Largest Ever Expansion Of Its Internet Essentials Program


Featured Videos

  • Bridging the Digital Divide

    Internet Essentials is the nation’s largest, most successful, and most comprehensive broadband adoption program for low-income households.

  • 2019 Program Kickoff and Announcement

    NBC 6 Miami Morning Anchor Sheli Mu?iz joins Comcast Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer David L. Cohen to unveil the latest expansion of Comcast's Internet Essentials program.

  • Ummi Is Ready To Change The World

    Ummi began community college at age 12 and with Internet Essentials and an at home connection, Ummi is able to take online courses and more right from his bedroom.

  • Dylan Is Ready To Make His Parents Proud

    Meet Dylan and his family. With Internet Essentials, Dylan is able to research and learn about the animals he loves and hopes to have the chance to save one day. All to make his parents proud.

  • Hallie Is Ready To Become A Future Cyber Vet

    With Internet Essentials, Hallie is able to do her homework at home and advance her ambition of building robotics for disabled animals.

  • Empowering Tomorrow's Generation

    A low-cost, high-speed Internet connection at home is helping these kids be ready for anything.

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Our Progress

Internet Essentials is about far more than bringing high-speed internet into a home; It is about designing and delivering a program that addresses the three main barriers to a high-speed internet service at home in a way that meets people where they are, in their own language, on their own time.

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Comcast has connected over 8 million low-income Americans to high-speed internet.

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Comcast has invested more than $650 million in digital literacy training and awareness, reaching more than 9.5 million people.

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Comcast has provided low-income Americans with 100,000 affordable subsidized computers.

Our Impact

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98% of families

with school-age children use their Internet Essentials service to complete schoolwork, 93% have seen a positive impact on their child’s grades.

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62% of households

feel their service has helped them or someone in the household locate or obtain employment.

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74% of households

say Internet Essentials helps them or their family compete in the current technology environment.

Broadband adoption across america

Households living in cities like Trenton, NJ and Flint, MI with the highest poverty rates, are up to 10 times more likely than those in higher earning cities like Palo Alto, CA and Bethesda, MD not to have fixed broadband Internet service at home.* This is the stark reality of the digital divide.

*According to Comcast’s analysis of U.S. Census 2017 American Community Survey data.

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Only 6% of households in higher earning cities, where poverty rates are very low, DO NOT have a fixed broadband subscription.

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Up to 60% of households in cities where poverty rates are above the national average, DO NOT have a fixed broadband subscription at home.

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Internet Essentials is Coming to Your City


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