Skip to comments.Comcast launching low-cost Internet
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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So I have to pay more...a lot more...because I make more money?
I thought that’s why we were paying for libraries.
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.
When they bought NBC ,this is one of the stipulations the Obama Admin put on the merger
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.
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"
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.
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?).
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
I just luvs me some “private/public partnerships”...
$10 a month. They’ll be bouncing payments within a few months.
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.
The service is 1.5 megabits down, as opposed to your 12 megabit service. $10/mo is really all that bandwidth is worth....
Give ‘em dial-up for free.
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.
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....
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.
They saw what happened to AT&T /T-mobile and are going to fall in line for DOJ to curry future favors.
This is outright racist, socialist wealth redistribution.
The Comcast-Obama Alliance
Comcast Employees Top Donors to Obama Campaign Accounts
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
The “big players” around here still offer that speed at $29+ per month...
It’s called cost shifting.
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.
as a former Comcast customer, I wouldn’t pay that much for it
“”We’re transforming the way low-income households can adopt broadband,”
I wonder how many of those same families are paying for premium channels?
"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."
How exactly is there a digital divide when we have flash mobs and constant Facebook/Twitter updates from the hood by way of cellphones?
Yet another reason to hate Comcast. And I do.
Take a look at your internet bill under universal service fee It used to be just for phones but now its everywhere. See my blog/article for more info. (http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-new-york/anatomy-of-a-giveaway) Or dont if you think I am just pimping.
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.
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.
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....
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.