Today, Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen was joined by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Miami Dade County School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, and Miami Dade League of Cities President and Miami Beach Commissioner Deede Weithorn to relaunch Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption initiative for low-income families.
Comcast Expands $10-Per-Month Internet Offering and Increases Speed
Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest cable company, is expanding the number of low-income families that can automatically qualify for its $9.95-per-month Internet access. It’s also boosting download speeds on the service to 5 megabits per second (Mbps) from 3 Mbps to attract more subscribers. The price is a big discount from a typical plan, which costs around $50 a month. The speed is good enough to watch online video.
Initiated in August 2011, Internet Essentials has helped more than 220,000 families – approximately 900,000 low-income individuals nationwide, – get connected to broadband in their homes. Florida has been one of Comcast’s largest partners in the endeavor with nearly 18,700 families in the South Florida area and 30,000 in the entire state being served by the company’s state of the art network.
Comcast Business signs colocation deal with Cologix
Cologix announced today that Comcast Business has signed up to use its data center in downtown Minneapolis in order to better prevision its business services portfolio. The Comcast Business Ethernet suite includes point-to-point and multi-point Ethernet services with the capacity to deliver cloud computing, software-as-a-service, business continuity/disaster recovery and other bandwidth-intensive applications. Comcast’s fiber footprint spans 29 regional networks in 39 states and includes an enhanced fiber optic network, with more than 145,000 miles of fiber.
As Internet Essentials enters its third year of attempting to bridge the digital divide in America, it is taking new steps to expand and improve the program. In addition to increasing its broadband speeds to 5 Mbps downstream and up to 1 Mbps upstream, Comcast has streamlined enrollment by expanding the instant approval process for families whose students attend schools where 70 percent or more of the students are eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.