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Comcast and HUD to bring internet to low-income families

Staff Writer |
Comcast and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) ConnectHomeinitiative took a big step to close the digital divide in America.

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Now, public housing and HUD-assisted residents living in Comcast’s service area are eligible to apply for Internet Essentials, the company’s high-speed internet adoption program for low-income families.

Including homes covered by Comcast’s pilot public housing expansion announced in March, an estimated total of up to 2 million HUD-assisted homes, including Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, and Multifamily programs, will now have access to low-cost internet service.

Between 2009 and 2014, broadband service providers spent over $422 billion on capital investments, and three in four American households now use broadband at home.

Despite this significant progress, one in four American households still don’t access the internet at home, particularly lower-income families with children.

According to the 2013 American Community Survey, less than 43 percent of individuals without a high school diploma or equivalent lack home internet access.

But under this opportunity adults and young learners can get connected from the comfort of their own homes and take advantage of resources to get a GED, apply for and complete college, and acquire the necessary digital literacy skills to thrive in a highly competitive, global workforce.

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