The program, initially trialed in Chicago in May, will be rolled out in more than 4,000 school districts in 39 states, plus the District of Columbia.
Qualified families will receive residential Internet service for $9.95 a month plus applicable taxes, a voucher to purchase a low-cost computer for $149.99 plus tax, and access to free digital literacy training in print, online and in person. Additional benefits include a complimentary Norton Security Suite.
Comcast will sign up eligible families in the program for at least three years, through the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Any household that qualifies during this three-year period will remain eligible for Internet Essentials provided a child eligible for a free lunch remains living in the household.