Comcast will be offering an inexpensive package for low-income families in the United States, dubbed Internet Essentials. Costing $10, the package is only available if the customer fits certain criteria.
On top of an inexpensive offer, Comcast will also be providing vouchers to eligible families for a $149 computer as well as free Internet training, which will help families with "Internet literacy."
The offer, as reported by The Consumerist, is part of the deal with NBC Universal. However, a family must fit within certain requirements in order to receive the low-cost service. The biggest requirement is a family must have at least one child who receives free lunches as part of the National School Lunch Program. One example given is if a family of three who earns only $25,000 as a yearly salary would be eligible for both the lunch program and the Internet Essentials package.
Other requirements include: a family cannot be behind on Comcast payments, have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service in the past 90 days and must be located in an area that Comcast services (currently, Comcast provides Internet in 39 states). Low-income families who use the service are also immune to installation, activation and other such fees as well as price hikes.
NPR also reports that Comcast saw a revenue increase during the recent quarter at $14.3 billion, which they attribute to the acquisition of NBC. NPR also mentioned the biggest states that will benefit from Internet Essentials are Texas, California and Florida.
There has been no mention of any services that will extend to other low-income individuals and not just family households.