Comcast has launched an internet service program for low-income veterans across the United States.
The initiative was announced Tuesday in Washington, D.C., with the help of Olympic idol Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Paralympic gold medalist Rico Roman, who is a Purple Heart recipient.
Comcast – the parent company of NBCUniversal – is expanding its Internet Essentials program to include low-income veterans who live the broadband provider's service area.
The 15 Mbps service for low-income veterans is advertised at $9.95 a month plus tax
Comcast is also partnering with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the PsychArmor Institute to provide digital education and outreach.
"Forty percent of low-income veterans have no computer, a third have no internet access and it is so important that they have it to access their benefits," Elizabeth Dole, a former U.S. Senator, said Tuesday. "These are men and women who have fought for our freedom and security."
The program also helps eligible veterans purchase a computer for less than $150.
Those who apply must be considered a low-income veteran, must receive federal or state public assistance, must not have outstanding debt to Comcast less than a year old and must live in an area where Comcast internet service is available but have not subscribed to it within the last 90 days.
Veterans with outstanding debt for more than a year may still be eligible.
For more information, please visit Internet Essentials From Comcast for Veterans.