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Internet Essentials

Connecting 8 Million Low-Income Americans

Since 2011, Comcast’s Internet Essentials program has connected more than 8 million people from low-income households to the internet at home so they can be ready for anything. With schools closed across the country, we've increased speeds and opened up access so students can continue to learn.

our progress

Internet Essentials is about far more than just bringing Internet service into a home. It's also about designing a program that addresses the three main barriers to broadband adoption: 1) digital literacy, or the lack of a perceived need for, or even fear of, the Internet, 2) the lack of a computer, and, 3) the monthly cost of service. Internet Essentials is the only program of its kind that addresses each of these barriers head on.

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Comcast has connected over 8 million low-income Americans to high-speed internet at home, more than 90 percent of them for the first time in their lives.

Outline of a page of text and a dollar sign over text that reads '$650 million invested'.

Digital literacy is the most important facilitator of getting people connected. Comcast has invested more than $650 million in digital literacy training and awareness, reaching more than 9.5 million people.

Outline of a laptop displaying a heart icon over text that reads '100,000 computers'.

An internet connection is only as good as the device by which it is accessed. Comcast has provided low-income Americans with 100,000 affordable subsidized computers throughout the program’s history.

  • The Class of 2020 Has Big Dreams

    These kids won’t stop dreaming, creating or working hard and with an internet connection at home. Here are the stories of just a few of the Internet Essentials students who are ready for anything.

  • Elizabeth is Ready to Spread the Word About Sustainability

    Elizabeth uses an at-home connection to research ways we can be more sustainable. With Internet Essentials, she’s on her way to becoming a future ECO-CEO.

  • Racquel is Ready to Revolutionize the Tech Industry

    Racquel uses Internet Essentials to mentor and teach young girls to code. With a connection at home, she’s ready to be the future face of tech.

  • Joe is Ready to Become a Video Game Coder

    With Internet Essentials, Joe can research and learn more about coding right at home, in his pursuit to one day code his own sports video game.

  • 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.

Our Impact

 
 
 

98% of families

with school-age children use their internet service to complete schoolwork at home.

 
 
 

93% of families

have seen a positive impact on their child’s grades with having an internet connection at home.

 
 
 

62% of households

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

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