Key Takeaways

The 'Internet Essentials Partnership Program' enables cities, school districts, and community-based organizations to connect large numbers of low-income students to the Internet to support distance learning.
Internet Essentials will add the free xFi platform for parents to connect, protect, and monitor children’s devices and online activities.
Comcast will continue to offer 60 days of free Internet service for new Internet Essentials customers.

Philadelphia, PA

With distance learning plans rolling out across the country due to the coronavirus, Comcast today announced a new program for cities, schools, and nonprofits to connect large numbers of low-income K-12 students to the Internet at home.

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The “Internet Essentials Partnership Program” is designed to help accelerate Internet adoption at a critical time. In nearly ten years, Internet Essentials has become the nation’s largest and most successful low-income Internet adoption program and has connected millions of people to the Internet. It offers households low-cost, broadband Internet service for $9.95/month, the option to purchase a heavily subsidized computer, and multiple options for digital literacy training. Comcast also announced today it is giving all Internet Essentials customers its innovative xFi platform, which enables parents to control and manage their children’s WiFi connected devices.

Through this new partnership program, we are accelerating the efforts of cities, schools, philanthropies, nonprofits, and private citizens to collaborate and open the doors of Internet access for more families in need.
Dana Strong
President of Xfinity Consumer Services

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Customers can now interact with a Comcast technician to troubleshoot and repair their connection using a smartphone camera. We also accelerated the availability of our award-winning customer experience platform called Xfinity Assistant, which is available across all of our products and allows customers to get help from any connected device. We tracked a 445 percent increase in Xfinity Assistant use during the COVID-19 surge, as customers safely managed their accounts from home.

445%

Increase in Xfinity Assistant usage during the COVID-19 surge.

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The 'Internet Essentials Partnership Program' enables cities, school districts, and community-based organizations to connect large numbers of low-income students to the Internet to support distance learning.

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Internet Essentials will add the free xFi platform for parents to connect, protect, and monitor children’s devices and online activities.

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Comcast will continue to offer 60 days of free Internet service for new Internet Essentials customers.

 
 
 

98%

of families with school-age children use their Internet service to complete schoolwork at home.

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Internet Essentials Partnership Program

Following the successful introduction to more than 70 school districts, nonprofits, and cities across the country since the onset of the pandemic, Internet Essentials Partnership Program provides the opportunity for school districts and other organizations to fund and quickly connect large numbers of students and families to broadband access at home.
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