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Comcast Remains Dedicated to Closing the Digital Divide

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Guest writer: Albert Le, External Affairs Manager for Comcast California

With Congress and the Administration failing to come to an agreement to extend additional funding for the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), May was the last month in which participating households received ACP benefits. With the ACP’s sunset, Comcast continues to work with our customers and community partners to help keep our customers connected to what matters most.

Comcast has been a leader in closing the digital divide for more than a decade. Since 2011, the Internet Essentials program, the largest and most comprehensive private-sector Internet adoption program in the country, has helped millions of Americans who have qualified get connected. In California, over one million households have benefited from the program since it was created. The program existed before the ACP and will continue to exist as the ACP sunsets. As the ACP ends, Comcast will continue to offer a range of affordable options to meet the needs of every budget:

  • During this transition, every household that has been enrolled in the ACP – whether with Comcast or with any other provider – is eligible for Internet Essentials, offering 50 Mbps internet service for $9.95 per month (equipment included, no credit check, no cancellation fee). This is the same exact price it has been since 2011, when it was first introduced while speeds have increased five times for no additional cost.
  • ACP enrollees can also choose to double their speed with Internet Essentials Plus, offering 100 Mbps service for $29.95 per month (equipment included, no credit check, no cancellation fee).
  • Comcast will offer all Internet Essentials and Internet Essentials Plus customers one line of Xfinity Mobile at no additional cost for up to 12 months.
  • Comcast will also continue to offer unlimited access to the nation’s largest network of WiFi hotspots through WiFi Pass for $10 for the first month and $20 per month thereafter.
  • Recently Comcast announced the Xfinity StreamSaver™ Bundle, a streaming bundle of Peacock, Netflix, and AppleTV+ for new and existing Xfinity Internet and TV customers. StreamSaver will launch this week, making it easy for customers to enjoy exceptional entertainment, including live sports, from the best streaming apps at unparalleled value. Xfinity Internet and TV customers nationwide can add the new StreamSaver bundle for $15. The bundle can be combined with NOW TV to get the three streaming apps and 40+ popular streaming channels for $30.
  • This May, Comcast launched NOW Internet and Mobile nationwide as affordable options for pre-paid Internet, mobile, and TV plans to any customer in our service area – including home internet plans starting at $30/month for 100 Mbps and NOW Mobile plans offering unlimited 5G and WiFi hotspot data for $25 per month.

NOW Internet and Mobile will provide customers previously enrolled in ACP another option for affordable, reliable connectivity – supplementing Comcast’s longstanding commitment to providing affordable broadband adoption options such as Internet Essentials and Internet Essentials Plus, and Xfinity’s current suite of offerings.

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