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Comcast Starts $9.95 Internet For Some Families
WTAE ^ | August 16, 2011

Posted on 08/17/2011 6:01:02 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

PITTSBURGH -- Comcast has a new program that lowers the price of its monthly Internet service from $48 to $9.95 for families whose children qualify for free school lunch.

The "Internet Essentials" program is being rolled out for the upcoming school year. It was announced Tuesday at the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh offices downtown.

"It has the capacity to equalize educational activity and to bring the same high-quality educational materials to kids in our hardest-hit urban districts and the kids in our wealthiest suburban districts," a Comcast spokesman said.

(Excerpt) Read more at wtae.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: comcast; internet

1 posted on 08/17/2011 6:01:08 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

In Maryland most of us ditched Comcast for Verizon FIOS after they layed fiberoptic cables in all the neighborhoods,

Very happy to say goodbye to Comcast. Good luck with the welfare crowd.


2 posted on 08/17/2011 6:07:27 AM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

WOW...who could have seen this coming? Comcast...announced at the Urban League...Is this economic justice? Guess who is paying for this...bohica strikes again


3 posted on 08/17/2011 6:07:51 AM PDT by Pat4ever (NO MORE!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Satellite is starting to look better and better.


4 posted on 08/17/2011 6:08:30 AM PDT by floozy22 (“Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has called sharia law an “existential threat to America.”)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I assume this is part of what the FCC extorted out of Comcast in order to approve the NBC deal?


5 posted on 08/17/2011 6:08:36 AM PDT by rockvillem
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I wonder how I can get that?

Oh, wait! I’m the guy who has to subsidize it!

Good thing I switched.


6 posted on 08/17/2011 6:13:10 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: All

helping subsidize flash mobs!


7 posted on 08/17/2011 6:18:48 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Chicago mob extortion, pure and simple.

Obama’s FCC placed a condition on Comcast’s acquisition of NBC that they would approve the deal only if they gave free or low-cost broadband to the “right” people.

Go rent Evita again and you’ll know all you need to know about this administration.


8 posted on 08/17/2011 6:19:32 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Maverick68

How are they going to organize which places to attack if they don’t have access to the internet?! Where’s your compassion?!


9 posted on 08/17/2011 6:20:15 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

And its still a rip off for $9.95 per month.


10 posted on 08/17/2011 6:20:51 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The cost to deliver that Internet is probably about 2 bucks per subscriber - no matter what level service they buy. 48 bucks a month for Internet service is netting Comcast about 44 bucks per month. 10 bucks per month still nets them 8 bucks a month.

On top of the service charge you can be sure there will be a severe download cap, a charge to rent the modem, and a charge for anti virus software. Probably be a charge for any “service calls” that are needed as well.

Comcast will lose no money on this deal.


11 posted on 08/17/2011 6:21:15 AM PDT by msrngtp2002 (Just my opinion.)
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To: sickoflibs

Not sure about Comcast, but in our area we have Bright House Networks as a primary competitor to FIOS. FIOS claims to be the only outfit utilizing LC-to-LC type fiber to their modems and 10 GBps fiber WAN, but in reality, Bright House, a cable provider, has an astronomically larger fiber footprint than Verizon ever will despite the client-side use of coax for connectivity.

Comcast probably has an expansive fiber network considering high definition channels require the bandwidth that only optical fiber can provide. If Comcast is as shitty as it was when I was in college, then they probably deserve what they get with this subsidization scheme.

My guess right now: Comcast loses their ass to non-paying welfare customers and goes begging the Fed for a handout.


12 posted on 08/17/2011 6:22:24 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

lol!


13 posted on 08/17/2011 6:22:41 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Meaningless. These are people that are used to getting things for FREE. They’ll pay for a few months and then NSF the bill.


14 posted on 08/17/2011 6:23:26 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: rockvillem; Halfmanhalfamazing
I assume this is part of what the FCC extorted out of Comcast in order to approve the NBC deal?

Yes. The ultimate goal is to steer the world wide web toward "universal service."

15 posted on 08/17/2011 6:23:31 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: rightwingintelligentsia
Comcast Starts $9.95 Internet For Some Families

Comcast has a new program that lowers the price of its monthly Internet service from $48 to $9.95 for families whose children qualify for free school lunch.

SOME families??? Do you realize how many kids at your local public school qualify for free lunch???

I'm guessing it's something like 90% at the school Mrs. Eagle used to work at.

16 posted on 08/17/2011 6:25:34 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Why do you have internet/computer at all if your kid has to get a free school lunch?


17 posted on 08/17/2011 6:26:21 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The rest of their subscribers will make up the difference. If I see my bill go up in the next year I’m going back to Dish.


18 posted on 08/17/2011 6:27:40 AM PDT by willk
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To: Texas Eagle

If more than 50% kids qualify for school lunch at some schools - ALL KIDS qualify for school lunch so kids don’t get made fun of..

Meanwhile the people who pay the bill in full are screwed!

Think of it

College Tuition - Earn more Pay More
Cable Bill - Earn more Pay More
Groceries - Earn more Pay More (No Food Stamped)

The list goes on and on.. And oh you also pay more taxes!


19 posted on 08/17/2011 6:28:30 AM PDT by GreaterSwiss
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To: AppyPappy
They’ll pay for a few months and then NSF the bill

The way Comcast's system works your Internet gets automatically shut off the day your bill is late. It happened to me 3 months in a row when they messed up my automatic payment plan. I ended up dropping them a few months later, not because of speed or service but because of their download cap. Switched to AT&T's U-Verse because they had no caps. Naturally they changed their policy to the same cap as Comcast a few months later but AT&T is still better than Comcast because they will just charge you more money while Comcast will warn you then suspend your service.

20 posted on 08/17/2011 6:30:18 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: rarestia
RE :”Comcast probably has an expansive fiber network considering high definition channels require the bandwidth that only optical fiber can provide. If Comcast is as shitty as it was when I was in college, then they probably deserve what they get with this subsidization scheme.
My guess right now: Comcast loses their ass to non-paying welfare customers and goes begging the Fed for a handout.

Here Comcast is all coax cables and the technology is crap, you cant find anything with it's program search feature and it has no utility to create favorites personal TV guides to ignore channels of no interest (or you don't even get.) It is crap.

Verizon FIOS is designed to easily find both your channels and programs of interest easily and record them if you get a DVR box,

21 posted on 08/17/2011 6:30:24 AM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: willk
Comcast just saved these folks nearly $40 a month, maybe they can now go through the trouble to make their kid a Sandwich, toss in an Apple/Carrots plus some chips and send them off to school.

bwaahahahahahahahah, silly me

22 posted on 08/17/2011 6:34:21 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: sickoflibs

Well remember that even coax to your home (client-side) does not mean that their entire network is copper. Fiber’s been around for the better part of 20 years, and most cable providers are using it since high def requires such a large expanse of bandwidth.

FIOS is problematic in our area. Verizon made an enormous push a few years ago to get everyone on board, but no one wants to make the jump since Bright House is such a strong leader in the community and an excellent overall provider of services. Not to mention, FIOS was panned by the local media for constant problems with television reception, bad receivers, and abysmal customer service.

Folks vote with their wallets, and in our area, Bright House is the clear winner.


23 posted on 08/17/2011 6:36:59 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: VanDeKoik
Where my daughter lives in Colorado the kids can get lunch if there are 4 people in the family up to $46K income a year.
It really is not hard to qualify for “free lunch”.
24 posted on 08/17/2011 6:42:42 AM PDT by svcw
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

A lot of businesses use BillPay or Automatic Draft to get their money. Our lowest paid employees frequently balk at Direct Deposit (required) because they don’t have a bank account. Some even ask if they can be paid in cash.

They won’t pay the bill(if they even know about it) so it’s almost a gimmick.


25 posted on 08/17/2011 6:48:42 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: GreaterSwiss

Commiecast.


26 posted on 08/17/2011 6:49:55 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: svcw

If you saw the headline here yesterday, Detroit Public Schools are now offering “free” lunches to EVERY child, so as to try to erase the stigma of receiving a handout.


27 posted on 08/17/2011 6:51:53 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

you insensitive clods

The innocent poor victims of capitalism need this subsidy to connect their iPad 2 to the internet. Have you no soul?

/sarcasm.


28 posted on 08/17/2011 6:54:37 AM PDT by MrNJ
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To: msrngtp2002
Comcast will lose no money on this deal.

Bingo. Just as I am sure McDonalds' decision to replace half the fries in a Happy Meal with carrot sticks or apple slices will work out in their favor. It's a beautiful thing.
29 posted on 08/17/2011 7:03:37 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Texas Eagle
SOME families??? Do you realize how many kids at your local public school qualify for free lunch???

Headline yesterday that every student in the Detroit Public Schools will now be getting a free lunch so that no one will feel stigmatized. So I guess everyone in Detroit has cheap Comcast internet now too.
30 posted on 08/17/2011 7:05:37 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MrNJ
Of course the joke will be on the Obamaphiles the first time they get to experience Comcast's (and I use the term VERY loosely)..... customer service!
31 posted on 08/17/2011 7:07:39 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: sickoflibs

Man, I wish they could expand FIOS everywhere!


32 posted on 08/17/2011 7:08:42 AM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Should short Comcast . . . no, wait, there will be Federal taxpayer subsidies soon, won’t there? Too big to fail.


33 posted on 08/17/2011 7:09:05 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

But Comcast, what low rates you have!!

The better to flash mob you with, my dear.


34 posted on 08/17/2011 7:11:01 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The article fails to mention that this internet only connects to whitehouse.gov, moveon.org, democraticunderground.com, and flashmob.com.


35 posted on 08/17/2011 7:12:28 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: floozy22
Satellite is starting to look better and better.

Satellite internet blows great steaming chunks, I connect with one. Latency with all of the error correction and lightspeed delay is on the order of 1.5 seconds. That is the transit time for a ping to the gateway. Light rain takes it out completely, and if you get lightning there is a whole nother story to tell...

FIOS sounds pretty good to me. I can hardly wait.

36 posted on 08/17/2011 7:56:59 AM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (Returned for regrooving...)
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To: Mycroft Holmes

Not to mention a 17GB rolling average bandwidth cap. That turns into about an hour of video per day, not optimal. Downloading an ISO (bootable CD image) eats more than a day’s allocation. Usually you can get enough speed to support video, except early in the evening when everybody is on. Sharing your internet connection with everybody else who only has satellite is very sub-optimal.


37 posted on 08/17/2011 8:04:20 AM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (Returned for regrooving...)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Reverse discrimination—plain & simple.

Hope someone sues them!!!

ALL of Detroit kids will get free food starting this fall.

SOOOO—Comcst will have to lower their prices all over Detroit????

This kind of business decision is self-destructive.


38 posted on 08/17/2011 8:12:04 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Wonder how the stockholders of Comcast feel about this kind of business???


39 posted on 08/17/2011 8:14:32 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The internet works both ways. This makes me wonder what kind of content Comcast will try shoving down the throats of those families.


40 posted on 08/17/2011 8:16:20 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Thanks for this update. I’ve debating whether I want to switch over to FIOS. Currently paying Comcast outrageous monthly fees. Will get FIOS and go wireless for internet. This wealth redistribution has to stop and for me it begins with Comcast and their monopoly.


41 posted on 08/17/2011 8:18:14 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
And its still a rip off for $9.95 per month.

Nice one!

42 posted on 08/17/2011 8:18:58 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

No opportunity for fraud and other mischief in a program like this.


43 posted on 08/17/2011 8:19:22 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: jersey117

You’re welcome.

Actually, I had signed up for FIOS a few weeks ago, but since the CWA is on strike in my area now (and they are the installers) they cancelled my installation appointment. Now I’m up in the air as to whether I want to continue, and get involved in this union mess.


44 posted on 08/17/2011 8:21:18 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: VanDeKoik
Well, it's not like computers are prohibitively expensive. It's 2011. 15, 20 years ago, sure, you had to have some cash to throw around, but you can get a basic, no-frills PC for not a whole lot of money.

There's also the fact that having internet access is essential for academic work nowadays. Yes, even in elementary school. I'm young enough that I can remember the web becoming A Thing, and old enough to remember how to use a card catalog.

The web has been a life saver for me many times over.
45 posted on 08/17/2011 9:11:28 AM PDT by OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

Well, yes PCs aren’t really out of the reach of lots of people.

I’ve seen homeless guys with them!

But if a household is this hard up, maybe using a library would be a better alternative?


46 posted on 08/17/2011 9:24:00 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

sigh


47 posted on 08/17/2011 9:31:52 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
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To: VanDeKoik
It would be, sure, except that libraries are facing record budget cuts.

Here in Florida, the state legislature just barely managed to get a budget in place that would keep public library funding at the current-year level.

Plan B? $0.00. Statewide.

LEGISLATURE COULD END LIBRARY FUNDING - "Public library funding may get shelved under budget proposals being considered by the Legislature, potentially leading to reduced hours and the shuttering of some library branches across the state. Florida's libraries, which rely on a mix of state and local funds to keep their doors open, would get no state money under a budget approved by the Senate last week. The House approved $17.7 million, which is $3.5 million less than this year's budget. With the state facing a $3.8 billion shortfall, both chambers have approved deep spending cuts to education, health care and other programs to balance the budget. The library cut could mean anything from reduced library hours to facility closures, said Florida Library Association executive director Faye Roberts. 'We have had reports that reductions in state aid will translate into reduced hours and the possibilities of some branch closings,' she said. 'And the sad part of that is the loss of access for people who depend on libraries for Internet access to government services, or to apply for jobs, and all those services that people depend on now that the economy is down." South Florida Sun-Sentinel: http://bit.ly/hKrIpH
48 posted on 08/17/2011 9:35:37 AM PDT by OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings
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To: msrngtp2002

How do you figure that cost? You think that cable plant hanging on those poles got there on their own?

Twenty years ago it cost $80,000 a mile to put up cable. Much more in an urban setting. And that was for your run of the mill 56 channel cable.

It’s a tad bit more sophisticated than that.

And the cost to build and maintain a system redundant enough for telephony the cost must be three times that now.

And it was built entirely with private money.

If their business was that good, their stock would be so much higher.


49 posted on 08/17/2011 3:51:04 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (George Lopez is the black hole of funny. Nothing funny can escape his suck.)
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