Comcast announced that low income families who sign up for the company’s Internet Essentials service could receive as much as six months of free Internet service. The company revealed the move via this official blog post.
On top of that, “certain” low income families will be eligible to have their Comcast-related debts wiped away. Consider it a Monopoly-esque get out of jail free card.
“By offering up to six months of complimentary Internet Essentials service, along with an amnesty program, we hope to convince even more families that there is no better school supply than having broadband Internet at home,” Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen said. “With it, kids can do their homework and parents can be more connected to their children’s teachers and schools.”
To have your Comcast bills go by the wayside on the house, the charges need to be over a year old, and you need to meet all of Comcast’s eligibility requirements. It’s unclear what those requirements are exactly, but they’re likely related to income levels. At the minimum, families looking to sign up for Internet essentials must have at least “one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.”
In order to qualify for the free Internet offer, you need to sign up for Comcast’s Internet Essentials service and be approved for it at some point between today and September 20, 2014. By signing up for Internet Essentials, you’ll also be eligible to buy a PC on the cheap for $149.99 directly from Comcast.
Comcast has been named the worst company in America, and has come under fire recently after a Comcast rep gave someone a hard time just for wanting to cancel their service. One side benefit of these new announcements could be a shinier, more squeaky-clean image for the company.