Comcast headlines: Comcast expands discounted internet option for many college students in Chattanooga area, nation

From Chattanooga Times Free Press:

America’s biggest cable TV provider is expanding its discounted internet service to college students receiving federal Pell grants.

Comcast announced this week it will help advance digital equity for even more students and families by offering its low-cost internet option — Internet Essentials – for all recipients of federal Pell grants. In addition, Comcast pledged to donate $15 million worth of Internet service and equipment, including more than 25,000 laptops, to low-income students, seniors, veterans, and adults.

“Digital equity is key to success in education and economic mobility, now and into the future,” said Broderick Johnson, executive vice president of public policy and and digital equity. “As our economic, medical, and educational systems become increasingly digital, it’s more important than ever that every American gets online. For those young people pursuing higher education, the expansion of IE eligibility to Pell Grant recipients is a real boost.”

The announcements are part of Project UP, Comcast’s comprehensive initiative to advance digital equity. Comcast launched Internet Essentials as a $9.95 a month Internet Service provider a decade ago and has connected more than 10 million people to the Internet at home through the program, including about 48,000 in the Chattanooga area.

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