Cable and internet provider Comcast is offering big discounts to low-income families through their new Internet Essentials program.
The program includes internet service for $10 a month and free internet training (online, in print or in person), as well as a voucher for a laptop computer for $149.99 (plus tax).
In order to qualify for the program, families must live in a Comcast service area, have at least one child receiving lunches through the National School Lunch Program, have not subscribed to Comcast internet service in the last 90 days and not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.
The deal also promises no price increases, activation fees or equipment rental fees.
When Comcast merged with NBC Universal in January, the Federal Communications Commission signed off on the merger so long as a number of conditions were met. One of those conditions was that Comcast would have to make affordable broadband internet available to its customers without their having to subscribe to a cable package.