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Comcast launching low-cost Internet
pioneer press ^ | 9-13-11 | Leslie Brooks Suzukamo

Posted on 09/13/2011 8:03:48 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB

Comcast, the largest cable operator in the Twin Cities and the nation, on Thursday will use St. Paul's Neighborhood House as the backdrop to unveil a program offering fast Internet access to low-income Twin Cities families for $10 a month. Comcast's program, called Internet Essentials, is a national effort to help bridge the "digital divide" for low-income families who cannot afford the high cost of Internet broadband. The program will enroll families for three years, but those families potentially could continue to use it until their children graduate high school, according to company officials. "We're transforming the way low-income households can adopt broadband," Comcast spokeswoman Mary Beth Schubert said. Officials from Comcast's Philadelphia headquarters will announce the program at Neighborhood House, a social service agency that has anchored St. Paul's West Side for decades. Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and St. Paul Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva are scheduled to attend, Comcast said.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: comcast; internet; mn; poor
because it's a "basic human right" (like everything else)
1 posted on 09/13/2011 8:03:53 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB
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To: WOBBLY BOB

So I have to pay more...a lot more...because I make more money?


2 posted on 09/13/2011 8:08:07 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: Blue Turtle

I thought that’s why we were paying for libraries.


3 posted on 09/13/2011 8:08:56 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (My mind is like a steel trap: rusty and illegal in 37 states.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Comcast will jack up my rates to pay for this “freebie”. It would be better if these people had books and studied from them instead of surfing. Their idiot god Obama claims that everyone has to be wired by the Gov’t, that it is a basic human right. What garbage.


4 posted on 09/13/2011 8:08:56 AM PDT by dennisw (nzt - works better if you're already smart)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

When they bought NBC ,this is one of the stipulations the Obama Admin put on the merger


5 posted on 09/13/2011 8:09:22 AM PDT by molson209
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To: WOBBLY BOB

So now we have a digital divide? Why can’t they go to the library or if it is important to have while they are in school, why can’t the school provide? Enuf already.


6 posted on 09/13/2011 8:11:30 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Comcast launching low-cost Internet

so, what? are they stringing up stings and dixicups throughout the hood? or is this a no frills product that comes in a plain brown bag?

Irritates the heck out of me; "look! I gots Internets, ain't she a 'bute!" - you access the 'net, you don't "have it"

7 posted on 09/13/2011 8:11:48 AM PDT by NativeSon
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Isn’t this what public libraries are for??

I am hearing a radio commercial in Macon, GA that actually says something like, ‘if Billy wants to get internet he has to go to the library...’

Oh. My. Dear. God. The humanity.

Isn’t that what we all had to do for generations? And now it’s an unconquerable burden? I never knew I was so tough as a kid. My local library was 15 miles (country roads) from my home and yet I some how made it there.

This program should be shut down. At a minimum they need to put a heavy filter on this that will only allow news sites and education sites. No shopping and no porn.


8 posted on 09/13/2011 8:12:18 AM PDT by Noamie
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Comcast going to start providing the computer to use that internet connection... along with a big-screen TV, which is also (according to some) a “right”...

So - basically, all the real subscribers who PAY for their service (often at inflated rates) will be subsidizing these “low income” folks getting it at a cut-rate. More Robin Hood activities.

At least this is a corporation doing it of their own “free will” (or is it?), and not the government mandating it (again - or is it?).


9 posted on 09/13/2011 8:12:26 AM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
I thought that’s why we were paying for libraries.

The libraries in my county have tons of computers and the kids come in after school to use them. I would say 10% are doing schoolwork with the help of the internet and the others are playing computer games and looking at music and celebrity gossip websites

10 posted on 09/13/2011 8:12:26 AM PDT by dennisw (nzt - works better if you're already smart)
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To: NativeSon

I just luvs me some “private/public partnerships”...


11 posted on 09/13/2011 8:14:19 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (My mind is like a steel trap: rusty and illegal in 37 states.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

$10 a month. They’ll be bouncing payments within a few months.


12 posted on 09/13/2011 8:15:03 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: dennisw

And according to court decisions - libraries that receive tax dollars (which ones don’t?) cannot put filters on the computers. Freaks can come in an ogle at porn all they want - right next to little Johnny who is doing his 5th Grade homework assignment.


13 posted on 09/13/2011 8:16:43 AM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: Blue Turtle

The service is 1.5 megabits down, as opposed to your 12 megabit service. $10/mo is really all that bandwidth is worth....


14 posted on 09/13/2011 8:17:07 AM PDT by freebilly
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Give ‘em dial-up for free.


15 posted on 09/13/2011 8:18:14 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Are you better off now than you were four trillion dollars ago?)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I’d suggest that in order to qualify for this, Comcast should get their consent to mine their surfing habit data (preserving anonymity) to see what they’re actually using it for.


16 posted on 09/13/2011 8:19:13 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Are you better off now than you were four trillion dollars ago?)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Here's the money quote: The program was a requirement of a deal Comcast reached with the federal government in January allowing it to merge with NBC Universal. More social engineering from Team Obama. To be subsidized by Comcast's non-favored customers.
17 posted on 09/13/2011 8:22:38 AM PDT by rockvillem
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To: dennisw

I pay $59/mo for 12/2 Mbps down/up service. Comcast is not losing money charging $10/mo for 1.5/250 Mbps down/up so I seriously doubt your rates will go anywhere.

What I love about FR is the kneejerk reactions here....


18 posted on 09/13/2011 8:23:41 AM PDT by freebilly
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To: TheBattman

We had a school board member in St.Paul caught perusing gay p*rn at a public library a few year back.

IIRC , when he was seen & chastised (ray of hope), he ran off.


19 posted on 09/13/2011 8:26:02 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (My mind is like a steel trap: rusty and illegal in 37 states.)
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To: rockvillem

They saw what happened to AT&T /T-mobile and are going to fall in line for DOJ to curry future favors.


20 posted on 09/13/2011 8:28:40 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (My mind is like a steel trap: rusty and illegal in 37 states.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

This is outright racist, socialist wealth redistribution.


21 posted on 09/13/2011 8:28:49 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Muslims who advocate, support, or carry out Jihad give the other 1% a bad name)
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To: molson209

The Comcast-Obama Alliance

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2769198/posts

Comcast Employees Top Donors to Obama Campaign Accounts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2769145/posts


22 posted on 09/13/2011 8:33:39 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (My mind is like a steel trap: rusty and illegal in 37 states.)
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To: freebilly

sounds about right. and Comcast is free to charge what they want and I am free to decide to use them or not. I don’t see a probem


23 posted on 09/13/2011 8:33:39 AM PDT by NativeSon
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To: freebilly

The “big players” around here still offer that speed at $29+ per month...


24 posted on 09/13/2011 8:38:31 AM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

It’s called cost shifting.


25 posted on 09/13/2011 8:41:36 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

You know what. I’m tire as hell of paying half my wages in taxes to give to people that sit on their butts, and then having to pay full price, while they get discounted rates (or free service) on everything.

To hell with this. I’m going to quit my job and live the high life.


26 posted on 09/13/2011 8:42:45 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: freebilly
It's not all about the download/upload speed, it is the maintenance of it that will make prices shift. Adding that many more customers will require more personnel to maintain the lines going from pole to switch to house/apt.

Besides, why am I forced to pay more for the same customer service, and am I able to choose the $10.00/month option too?

I can switch my service but something tells me that the government will be requiring this from Verizon (my other option) as well.
27 posted on 09/13/2011 9:25:43 AM PDT by cameraman
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To: WOBBLY BOB

as a former Comcast customer, I wouldn’t pay that much for it


28 posted on 09/13/2011 9:27:36 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: WOBBLY BOB

“”We’re transforming the way low-income households can adopt broadband,”

I wonder how many of those same families are paying for premium channels?


29 posted on 09/13/2011 9:30:33 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Blue Turtle
So I have to pay more...a lot more...because I make more money?

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

30 posted on 09/13/2011 9:36:30 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

How exactly is there a digital divide when we have flash mobs and constant Facebook/Twitter updates from the hood by way of cellphones?


31 posted on 09/13/2011 9:58:47 AM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Yet another reason to hate Comcast. And I do.


32 posted on 09/13/2011 11:28:14 AM PDT by ConservativeWarrior (In last year's nests, there are no birds this year.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Take a look at your internet bill under “universal service fee” It used to be just for phones but now it’s everywhere. See my blog/article for more info. (http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-new-york/anatomy-of-a-giveaway) Or don’t if you think I am just pimping.


33 posted on 09/13/2011 12:57:01 PM 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: shoff

Captain Planet’s tie-breaking vote way back when.

And like the telephone tax implented to fund the Spanish-American War, it will never go away.


34 posted on 09/13/2011 2:09:28 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (My mind is like a steel trap: rusty and illegal in 37 states.)
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I’ve been trying to get Comcast to extend service in my rural area. Quite a few folks would be happy to pay full price for Internet. I’m a half a mile from where they stopped at a few years ago and service on my road will never happen.


35 posted on 09/13/2011 7:15:58 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: cameraman

Trust me on this, Comcast never does anything that doesn’t pay for itself 100x over. How much FREE publicity and advertising is Comcast getting on this issue?

For every $10 internet service Comcast gives to the poor, there’s another customer willing to fork over $189/mo for Xfinity Triple Play or Comcast Business Class 50/10 service.

Personally I think Comcast is making a pretty smart business decision....


36 posted on 09/13/2011 8:27:06 PM PDT by freebilly
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To: freebilly

Get ‘em hooked on you know what and you’ll have a new customer at regular prices after a few years. This is the pusher giving samples. Comcast ain’t dumb.


37 posted on 09/13/2011 8:37:45 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner)
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