Participants in Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program
Invited to the Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA’s
Digital Literacy Training Session

SCRANTON – (October 6, 2011) Comcast has launched Internet Essentials, an ambitious and comprehensive broadband adoption initiative to bring internet access to low-income families, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania is assisting by providing a free 90-minute training session to help families understand the relevance of the internet and the ways it can empower them.

This training session will be conducted at the Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA located at 609 Ash Street in Scranton on October 13th beginning at 6:00 p.m.  All participating families, both parents and students who will be accessing the internet, are invited. The topics covered in this informative training session conducted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA will include:

  • Which online resources are available to help families meet everyday needs, such as finding  healthcare information or job openings
  • How to protect personal information on the internet
  • How to introduce your family to safe habits while browsing the internet

Research shows the majority of those without broadband service don’t understand how the internet can positively impact them. This session aims to provide a broad overview of the benefits available to families receiving internet access at home for the first time under Comcast’s Internet Essentials program.

Internet Essentials is available to low-income families with children who are eligible to receive free lunches under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The goal of Internet Essentials is to help close the digital divide and ensure more Americans benefit from all the Internet has to offer. Families which have not yet enrolled in the program should contact their child’s school for more information.

Service Details:
Internet Essentials participants receive:

  • Residential Internet service for $9.95 a month + tax;
  • No price increases, no activation fees, or equipment rental fees;
  • A voucher to purchase a low-cost computer for $149.99 + tax; and
  • Access to free digital literacy training in person, in print and online.

A household is eligible to participate in the Internet Essentials program if it meets all of the following criteria:

  • Is located where Comcast offers Internet service;
  • Has at least one child eligible to receive a free school lunch under the NSLP;
  • Has not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days; and
  • Does not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.