Comcast Gives Twin Cities $50K Low-Income Internet Grant
Comcast Corporation is giving $50,000 in grants to the St. Paul Public Schools Foundation for recruiting low-income families into Comcast’s home broadband “Internet Essentials” program.
The Philadelphia-based cable and Internet provider named 15 school systems in the nation that will receive a total of $1 million in grants, which will assist Internet capabilities in schools, after-school programs, and low-income families’ homes.
“Comcast’s viable partnership and long-term commitment in the Twin Cities area will allow the community to become more digitally literate so they can enhance their education and utilize everything the Internet has to offer,” Mike Anderson, executive director of the St. Paul Public Schools Foundation, said in a statement.
The foundation will distribute the grant among its non-profit partners, including CommonBond Communities, Neighborhood House, Project for Pride in Living (PPL), and the Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation.
According to Comcast, the Internet Essentials program is the largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program in the nation, serving roughly 1.2 million low-income individuals, or 300,000 households (including nearly 6,350 households in the company’s Minnesota and Western Wisconsin service area).
The program provides low-cost broadband services ($9.95 per month plus tax), Internet-connected computers for under $150, and access to free digital literacy training in print, online, and in person.
Families in St. Paul that are eligible for the program who aren’t currently participating could receive six months of free Internet access if they apply by March 18.
Comcast also announced that after a three-year trial run, the Internet Essentials program will continue “indefinitely.”