Low-Income Web Program Takes Off

The FCC, NCTA and several cable operators, together with several non-profit organizations, have formed an initiative to promote education and broadband adoption by providing low-cost, discounted broadband Internet service to millions of K-12 students who don't c...

The FCC, NCTA and several cable operators, together with several non-profit organizations, have formed an initiative to promote education and broadband adoption by providing low-cost, discounted broadband Internet service to millions of K-12 students who don't currently have broadband in their homes. The initiative is a key part of the recently announced "Connect-to-Compete" (C2C) partnership.

C2C basically duplicates and expands Comcast's Internet Essentials program, which launched in late May in Chicago. C2C features $9.95 per month high-speed cable Internet service (along with a free rental or low cost purchase of a cable modem) for households with at least one child that receives free lunch under the National School Lunch Program. The program is expected to be in place at the start of the 2012 school year.

Cable operators that have committed to C2C or similar broadband adoption efforts include BendBroadband, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Eagle Communications, GCI, Insight, Mediacom, Midcontinent, Sjoberg's Cable, Suddenlink and Time Warner Cable.
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