Congratulations to Comcast on the new milestones reached in its Internet Essentials program, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet adoption program. Today Comcast announced that it has now connected more than four million low-income Americans, in one million households, to high-speed Internet service at home. This is a significant contribution by Comcast to efforts by it and other private sector companies, to contribute resources and expertise to help close whatever digital divide remains.
Comcast also announced three key program enhancements:
For the fourth time in six years, Comcast will increase the program’s Internet service speeds, this time from 10/1 Mbps to up to 15/2 Mbps. More speed was the number one requested enhancement from Internet Essentials customers, and this latest increase will improve streaming quality in the home (15 Mbps is three times the speed necessary to view a high-definition video), especially when multiple devices are connected to the Internet at the same time.
To help family members connect to the Internet on the go and save money on their wireless bills, Internet Essentials customers will now enjoy 40 hours of free out-of-home WiFi access per month to the company’s growing network of 18 million Xfinity WiFi hotspots. This WiFi access is being offered in addition to the free in-home WiFi Internet Essentials customers currently enjoy.
Comcast is also expanding its pilot program for low-income senior citizens from five cities and metropolitan areas to 12, including today in Miami-Dade County.
The milestones announced by Comcast today, along with the Internet Essentials program enhancements, are certainly worthy of note.