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Low-income families get access to cheaper Internet(9.95/mo and a $149 computer)
ajc.com ^ | 8-8-11 | By Jaime Sarrio

Posted on 08/08/2011 3:21:34 AM PDT by rawhide

Comcast Corporation is partnering with several metro Atlanta school districts to educate families about a new program to offer discounted Internet access to low-income students.

Today at a morning press conference, Comcast executives along with Mayor Kasim Reed, Gov. Nathan Deal and other area leaders will announce the program, which will be offered to families of students who qualify for free or reduced-priced school lunch.

Families who qualify will receive broadband Internet for $9.95 a month with no activation fee, no modem rental and a voucher to purchase a computer for $149.99. The Atlanta launch is part of the company's larger campaign to shrink the nation's "digital divide" by addressing the barriers to Internet access, according to David Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast Corporation.

"We see the debilitating negativity that is created through the digital divide," Cohen said of the decision to offer the program.

The main reasons people don't have Internet are a mistrust or lack of understanding about how it works, the cost of a home computer and the cost of service, he said. The program could reach 374,000 students in 28 metro Atlanta school districts. The company does not expect the additional subscribers will clog the network for other users.

In Atlanta Public Schools, 78 percent of students qualify for discounted lunch. Statewide, that number is about 56 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Education. Comcast estimates 45 percent of Atlanta residents aren’t connected to broadband.

Atlanta Public Schools Chief Technology Officer Dave Williamson, said the district will be encouraging parents to take advantage of the offer.

"We believe it will be used in large part to support our educational mission by providing students with the means to stay engaged in the learning process beyond the regular class day,” he said.


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1 posted on 08/08/2011 3:21:42 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

See tagline........the Reparations continue.


2 posted on 08/08/2011 3:22:51 AM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: rawhide
"The main reasons people don't have..." and "the cost".....

So....my neighbors should pay for my new BMW 750I, because I don't have one? I don't have Kobi steaks in the freezer, either, so how about you paying for those, too? Might as well get me a Lear Jet, because I don't have one of those, either.....

3 posted on 08/08/2011 3:25:40 AM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: rawhide

So how much is this little welfare gem going to cost Comcast’s paying customers?

How about the deadbeats get a job and pay for their own internet and toys...


5 posted on 08/08/2011 3:28:02 AM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: traditional1; rawhide
Atlanta Public Schools Chief Technology Officer Dave Williamson, said the district will be encouraging parents to take advantage of the offer.

"We believe it will be used in large part to support our educational mission by providing students with the means to stay engaged in the learning process beyond the regular class day,” he said.

But not to diminish the crucial significance of internet porn on development of our youth.

6 posted on 08/08/2011 3:28:34 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: traditional1; rawhide
Atlanta Public Schools Chief Technology Officer Dave Williamson, said the district will be encouraging parents to take advantage of the offer.

"We believe it will be used in large part to support our educational mission by providing students with the means to stay engaged in the learning process beyond the regular class day,” he said.

But not to diminish the crucial significance of internet porn on development of our youth.

7 posted on 08/08/2011 3:28:46 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: rawhide
Isn't this the same area with one of the big teacher and administrator cheating scandals?
8 posted on 08/08/2011 3:29:04 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: rawhide

Details here:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/comcast-rolls-out-10-web-access-for-low-income-households/54320


9 posted on 08/08/2011 3:29:49 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Truth29

This offer is good nationwide, (39 states) wherever Concast has service.

http://mashable.com/2011/08/08/comcast-low-income-internet/


10 posted on 08/08/2011 3:32:09 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide
I'm glad to see that comcast shareholders have agreed to take lower profits so that lazy people can now have access to the Internet...

Wait... You mean Comcast will charge paying customers more, to subsidize the freeloaders? That way they'll keep the stockholders “whole,” and gaining positive publicity??? The next thing you'll tell me is that Comcast has a monopoly, and the paying customers have no alternative, but get screwed! (except to cancel cable)

11 posted on 08/08/2011 3:32:31 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: rawhide

Guess I’ve been standing in the wrong line.

My nephews, 11 and 8 years old, could probably train people how to use the computer. Give them a few ones (they are saving up for a car) and some Gatorade. Especially the orange one.

I think they have great careers in IT in their future. Every time I ask a question, they ask me to make sure the computer is plugged in.


12 posted on 08/08/2011 3:35:19 AM PDT by hummingbird (Why, yes, I am a Southern Belle. So open the damn doors for me!)
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To: rawhide
Local airwaves have been flooded with plaintive, 'reasonable' voice of ". . . Laura Lynn, single mother of three."

Thesis -- "Everyone deserves to have a voice in the event of an emergency."

Offering -- Free cellphone with 250 minutes and texting, and no background checks, supported by the U.S. government.

Reality -- Free? Only to the user. Look at the cell bill. See "Universal Connectivity Fee"? People who pay their bills pay the "Al Gore" tax -- which never went through congress and was never voted on; it was simply a fee charged to communications subscribers, so the "digital divide" could be bridged, and the underprivileged could be bought with another benefit (which would, of course, grow into an 'entitlement').

This program probably falls into the same category. A communications provider uses the "universal connectivity" money to provide services which it hopes will result in additional fees being charged to the recipient. The basic internet/computer dollop isn't enough for the user's entertainment desires, so they expand the service, and have to pay Comcast extra fees, which become gravy in Comcast's pocket, since the taxpayer is already footing the basic bill.

It would be interesting (mildly) to go back after one year of 'bridging the digital divide' and see how much education use the service actually got; how much computer/internet 'failures' were used as a reason for not doing assigned work, opposed to how many times students who received them actually used them to complete assigned work.

13 posted on 08/08/2011 3:37:54 AM PDT by Quiller (When you're fighting to survive, there is no "try" -- there is only do, or do not.)
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To: rawhide

Meahwhile we pay $50 a month for internet through Comcast. And the worst customer service on the planet.


14 posted on 08/08/2011 3:38:52 AM PDT by doodad
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To: rawhide

Comcast has been raising rates on everything lately.

Now we know why.


15 posted on 08/08/2011 3:41:38 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Pontiac

RUN, don’t walk, when you see the word “mission” used like this.


16 posted on 08/08/2011 3:43:24 AM PDT by GnuHere
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To: doodad

That is for sure. They installed a line to our house, cut through the irrigation line and tried to come back and fix it with duct tape. That resulted in a big fat leak and the water company sent us a $450 bill which we passed right on to Comcast. We also used Comcast in Florida; Went to make a complaint and they had a very long line outside their door.


17 posted on 08/08/2011 3:46:30 AM PDT by DooDahhhh (ma)
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To: DooDahhhh

Comcast is the biggest piece of crap ever.

Service outages every day.


18 posted on 08/08/2011 3:48:32 AM PDT by LyinLibs (All moslems are somewhere on the killing-you spectrum)
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To: traditional1
Now the “needy” will be able to surf the internet for the best deal a giant plasma TV or 26” chrome spinner wheels for their POS 1978 Chevy Caprice.
19 posted on 08/08/2011 3:48:48 AM PDT by Never on my watch (WTF happened to my country?)
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To: Truth29

Yes, APS are dealing with the fallout from a huge testing scandal.


20 posted on 08/08/2011 3:50:18 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: rawhide
This offer is good nationwide, (39 states) wherever Concast has service.

Uh, doesn't 'nationwide' mean 57 states?

21 posted on 08/08/2011 3:52:34 AM PDT by Quiller (When you're fighting to survive, there is no "try" -- there is only do, or do not.)
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To: traditional1

Look for new “internet stamps” to pick up the $9.95.

As I have said before, America is finished.


22 posted on 08/08/2011 3:52:50 AM PDT by AlexW (Proud eligibility skeptic)
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To: Cowboy Bob

This was part of the price comcast was literally blackmailed into paying for the deal to take over nbc by the FCC and DOJ.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2375935,00.asp

The FCC also imposed several voluntary conditions, though the “volunteer” conditions are enforceable, so Comcast and NBCU must comply. Those include making low-cost broadband service available to 2.5 million households; and maintaining and adding local, children’s, diversity, and educational programming.

Those voluntarily conditions also include complying with the FCC’s open Internet net neutrality rules, Cohen said.


23 posted on 08/08/2011 3:54:17 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Going down! (Gunwalker Ping List))
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To: DooDahhhh
We also used Comcast in Florida; Went to make a complaint and they had a very long line outside their door.

There's a reason many Comcast customer service desks are behind bullet resistant glass.

24 posted on 08/08/2011 3:54:40 AM PDT by Quiller (When you're fighting to survive, there is no "try" -- there is only do, or do not.)
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To: FreedomPoster

“Yes, APS are dealing with the fallout from a huge testing scandal.”
__________________________________

Pubic education was a key target for the Marxist.
They now run the schools and most of the media.


25 posted on 08/08/2011 3:55:11 AM PDT by AlexW (Proud eligibility skeptic)
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To: rawhide

Shoplifting is still cheaper;)


26 posted on 08/08/2011 3:59:10 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God's redemption.)
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To: rawhide
"We believe it will be used in large part to support our educational mission by providing students with the means to stay engaged in the learning process beyond the regular class day,” he said.

Porn, music videos, and Facebook.

27 posted on 08/08/2011 4:03:46 AM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: rawhide

I’m still banging away on this circa 1999 Dell with Windows 2000. When is the gubment going to step in and get someone to pay for my upgrade?


28 posted on 08/08/2011 4:05:49 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: Quiller
There's a reason many Comcast customer service desks are behind bullet resistant glass.

I thought you were joking until I googled your statement. Must be a lot of upset people to deal with at Comcast?

29 posted on 08/08/2011 4:08:02 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

I seem to recall some fee or other being added to everyone’s phone bill to provide internet access to the inner cities. This was during Slick’s administration (ahh, the good old days when the president was only depraved). So what has this fee been paying for all these years, shouldn’t EVERY deadbeat already have free internet porn?


30 posted on 08/08/2011 4:09:42 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: traditional1

No we can be boss stone cold chillin with a 40, smokin a fatty, surfin the ‘net!


31 posted on 08/08/2011 4:11:33 AM PDT by corlorde
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To: traditional1

Are there any statistics out there regarding the literacy rates for the target recipients?


32 posted on 08/08/2011 4:11:48 AM PDT by Artie
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To: rawhide; Quiller

>>Must be a lot of upset people to deal with at Comcast?

There’s a reason they are re-branding themselves as Xfinity. Their customer-no-service history has killed Comcast as a brand.


33 posted on 08/08/2011 4:12:16 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: rawhide
Can't help but wonder how many of these "Poor" students are running around with $300 Adidas, Reboks or Nikes?

I bet very few are sporting $19.99 sneakers from Pay Less!

34 posted on 08/08/2011 4:12:22 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

You are so right about that!


35 posted on 08/08/2011 4:13:45 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide
They have every right to do this but when someone calls and request a price match but is denied, they will just go elsewhere.
All I can say is, good luck Comcast making a profit for your investors.
36 posted on 08/08/2011 4:19:20 AM PDT by tobyhill (Real Spending Cuts Don't Require Increasing The Debt)
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To: Artie
"Are there any statistics out there regarding the literacy rates for the target recipients?

I believe it's in excess of 70%.

Oh...wait.....I thought you said "legitimacy" rate (i.e., births), but you said "literacy".

Never mind..

37 posted on 08/08/2011 4:23:09 AM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: rawhide

Well after this passes, I can see comments on YouTube videos are gonna take another step lower (as if that is possible).


38 posted on 08/08/2011 4:38:12 AM PDT by LowOiL ("Abomination" sure sounds like "ObamaNation" to me.)
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To: rawhide

Just another recruiting tool for the community organizer president’s private army.


39 posted on 08/08/2011 4:38:38 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: rawhide

APS is always on the right side of history, it seems. Black denial and white guilt.


40 posted on 08/08/2011 4:42:43 AM PDT by jimnm
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To: rawhide

Oh just swell. But the big question will continue to be, are you logged on? Who will see to it that those little brains full of mush know how to log on? Hmmmm?


41 posted on 08/08/2011 4:44:08 AM PDT by mc5cents
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"We believe it will be used in large part to support our educational mission by providing students with the means to stay engaged in the learning process beyond the regular class day,” he said.

Is this clown serious? Even dem dere rich white honkey kids don' use it fer dat. Heck, now setting up your latest flash mob automatically will be cost-free.
42 posted on 08/08/2011 4:46:29 AM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: rawhide

Well, this news is enough to start my week being completely pissed off.

I Lost my job on 6/24. I have had my Driver’s License suspended for (hopefully only) 6 months due to medical reasons. I cannot collect unemployment because my termination of employment was medical related. My Husband has had to take on a second job to keep us afloat. My Daughters will basically have an absent father because he is trying to do the RIGHT thing.

And now these POS welfare crap-tards get more for doing less!!!!

This Country sucks!!!!


43 posted on 08/08/2011 4:46:56 AM PDT by borntobeagle (Mr. Bean could do a better job!!!!)
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To: LyinLibs

Wow.

I lived in the Portland/Vancouver metro area for 19 months, and in all that time, had only one service outage. Lasted for about 45 minutes or so. Then again, that was about ten years ago, so I can’t speak to their service these days.

Here in Germany, I use O² for internet. Not too bad....no outages in one year.


44 posted on 08/08/2011 4:47:37 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: rawhide

Sorry...needed to vent. I’m just so ticked off that we have worked our tails off and still sit here spinning our wheels.


45 posted on 08/08/2011 4:49:13 AM PDT by borntobeagle (Mr. Bean could do a better job!!!!)
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To: rawhide

This started under Ragan as a program to help poor have a phone in their homes for “emergency’s”. Then it is expanded to also give them a free cell phone to keep in touch (the commercial ironically shows a “poor” guy with a business) Now what everyone else pays 149 for, the loafers get for 9.95 so they can get internet, cable and another phone. Great win for the liberals, their base gets more free stuff, they can claim that Ragan started the program and they can say they did not raise taxes. It is those greedy companies that are charging more fees.


46 posted on 08/08/2011 4:49:42 AM PDT by shoff (Cuomo is going to change the NY state motto from Excelsior to elixir (cause we bought it)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

ping


47 posted on 08/08/2011 4:53:06 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: MestaMachine
This was part of the price comcast was literally blackmailed into paying for the deal to take over nbc by the FCC and DOJ.

That's some heavy-duty community organizing, there. The DOJ may have been the agency that pushed these conditions on Comcast, but we all know from whence they came.

48 posted on 08/08/2011 4:58:18 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: rawhide

NATIONAL SECURITY FORCE NEEDS TO COMMUNICATE, NO?


49 posted on 08/08/2011 5:01:19 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Madame Dufarge

Exactly! Flash Mob invites included.


50 posted on 08/08/2011 5:01:52 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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