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Delivering Low Cost Broadband For People With Disabilities
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Delivering Low Cost Broadband For People With Disabilities

On September 10, Comcast broadcasted a plethora of initiatives to make internet affordable for people with disabilities. These same issues are also faced by low-income families. According to a report, many people with disabilities cannot afford access to high-speed internet. Shockingly some simply don’t even have the digital training to go online. They are almost three times more susceptible to face internet blackout than those without any disability. As a result of which they miss out on the benefits and prospects of a broadband connection. In turn, this leads to loss of educational and job opportunities, which is very unfortunate.

Comcast's Internet access program tries to address just that. This program was originally started 8 years ago. The aim was to help impoverished kids who received subsidized prices at lunches and school to get internet access at home. Ever since the program has been modified more than 10 times to meet the basic needs to include low-income people with disabilities. This time the program has been extended to help low-income families and people with disabilities too.

The plan costs $10 plus applicable taxes and fees need to be paid which would amount to some hundred bucks. People would be provided with a 15 Megabit connection. It doesn’t categorize as typical broadband under the standard definition. The speed is still quite decent and you can easily play music, do live streaming, and watch YouTube and Netflix. Another point to note is the cap on data of 5TB. Like other events or initiatives, Comcast Internet Essential is not untouched of criticism. Some criticism of Comcast's program has been talked about in the recent past. The maximum speed for the Internet Essential customers is capped at 15Mbps for download. The FCC or Federal Communications Commission has recognized broadband services as those who provide. All the candidates need to show that they are part of any government assistance programs. Either the SNAP or the SSI program. To find out the complete list please visit internet essential website.

Image credit: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190910005251/en/Comcast-Partners-American-Association-People-Disabilities-Close

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