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Internet Essentials

Since 2011, Internet Essentials from Comcast has connected 8 million people from low-income families to the internet at home. The COVID-19 crisis has put many of these students at risk and has accelerated the need for digital equity and Internet adoption programs to support them. That’s why we have developed a comprehensive program to address the major barriers to broadband adoption, which is about far more than just bringing internet service into the home. So that no matter what back to school looks like, students are ready for anything.

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Comcast has connected 8 million low-income people to high-speed Internet at home, more than 90 percent of whom were not connected prior to signing up.

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Digital literacy is the most important facilitator of getting people connected. Comcast has invested nearly $700 million in digital literacy training and awareness.

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An Internet connection is only as good as the device by which it is accessed. Comcast has provided low-income Americans with 135,000 free or affordable subsidized computers.

Ready For Anything

  • Ready For Anything

    This summer wasn’t what anyone expected, but that didn’t stop these students from pursuing their dreams. With the power of internet, they are learning, creating, and changing the world from their bedrooms.

  • Ready to write his own story

    Ummi is a modern day renaissance man. He's using the internet to write a children's book and practice his passions of piano, architecture and fencing with the help of internet at home.

  • Ready to share her voice

    Jasmine believes that everyone should have an outlet to express themselves, and she's using the internet to pursue hers - music.

  • Ready to learn anything and everything

    Juan has spent his time at home learning anything and everything and is using that power to pursue his degree in crimonology.

  • Ready to change the world from his bedroom

    Ashis uses the internet to empower people in need across the world by teaching classes online and kickstarting his nonprofit.

  • Ready to take action

    Sonja is passionate about the environment and now that she’s at home, she’s using the internet to find new ways to create change.

LaJoy and her daughter use a tablet together.

Internet Essentials: Three Stories

Here are three stories from Internet Essentials customers about what the program has meant to them.

Our Latest Initiatives

For nearly a decade, Internet Essentials from Comcast has addressed the digital divide head on and has grown to become the nation’s largest and most successful broadband adoption effort. With an uncertain school year ahead and as the complexities of distance learning became more and more apparent, the need for connectivity is more important than ever. Here’s what we’re doing to help.


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