Eligibility for company’s Internet Essentials program expands to include a million low-income veterans across the country, 130,000 in Illinois
September 14, 2018 — Area Comcast leaders joined local veterans, government officials, area veterans organizations and C-SPAN today at Wheaton’s First Division Museum in Cantigny Park to announce that eligibility for the company’s Internet Essentials program has expanded to include a million low-income veterans across the nation – more than 130,000 in Illinois alone.
Internet Essentials is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet adoption program for low-income Americans. It provides low-cost high-speed residential Internet service for $9.95 a month plus tax; the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under $150; and multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online and in person.
Recently, Comcast announced it has connected more than six million low-income Americans to the Internet through Internet Essentials, including more than 650,000 in Illinois. In the last year alone, the company connected more than two million people to the program nationally, the largest annual increase in its seven-year history.
“Internet Essentials has had an enormous impact on the thousands of Illinois children, families and community college students who already participate in the program,” said John Crowley, Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region Senior Vice President. “We’re excited to extend this same opportunity to literally thousands of low-income veterans in Illinois.”
According to a U.S. Census Bureau 2016 survey, less than 70 percent of low-income veterans have Internet access, and only about 60 percent own a computer.
“The digital divide affects thousands of DuPage County veterans and makes it more difficult for them to develop the digital skills they need to participate in today’s job market,” said Dan Cronin, DuPage County Board Chairman. “DuPage County residents recognize the sacrifices veterans have made for our country and support them through a variety of programs and organizations. Internet Essentials is an important addition to this support system.”
C-SPAN Bus on 50-state tour stops at Cantigny Park during event
The C-SPAN Bus made a stop at Cantigny Park during today’s event as part of its 14-month-long “50 Capitals Tour,” which also includes stops in Chicago, Springfield and other cities and towns across Illinois. As part of the tour, the bus will welcome visitors and interview local elected officials on C-SPAN’s signature morning call-in program, Washington Journal. Staff also will record visitors’ viewpoints on state issues for its “Voices from the States” program. During today’s event, visitors toured the Bus’s on-board C-SPAN Classroom and learned about the C-SPAN Video Library, which comprises more than 235,000 hours of public affairs content and serves as a great educational source and research tool.
Comcast committed to hiring and supporting veterans
Comcast, which recently surpassed its goal of hiring 10,000 veterans from 2015 to 2017, has been recognized consistently for being a top military-friendly employer. The company was selected in 2016 and 2017 as a finalist for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the Department of Defense to companies for its support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. In addition, the company was recognized by Military Times for the services and support it offers veterans. Moreover, Military Spouse Magazine recognized Comcast NBCUniversal as the #1 Military Spouse Friendly Employer for 2017. And Comcast was the first corporate sponsor of Bunker Labs, a national nonprofit organization for military veteran-led startups. To learn more about Comcast’s support for the military community, visit https://comca.st/2CYkZQs or @ComcastMilitary on Twitter.
For more information about Internet Essentials or to apply for the program, visit https://comca.st/2CYl1YA or call 1-855-846-8376. Spanish-only speakers should call 1-855-765-6995.
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