Comcast Expands Internet Access For Low Income Residents

Some four million Americans are now getting connected with resources they need to succeed and it's all part of a program called Internet Essentials from NBC 6's parent company, Comcast.

Company executives, South Florida community leaders and even an Olympic gold medalist were in Miami to mark a milestone as the program is benefiting nearly half a million Floridians – and putting digital tools in the hands of those who might not have them otherwise.

"Having the Internet at home will be the first and most important step to providing the 21st century job skills and knowledge that are necessary to compete for jobs in our economy today," said Comcast senior Executive VP David Cohen.

Thanks to the program, kids like Raiza Torres can do research for projects asking for a ride to the library.

"When you can just easily go on the computer and don't need to like bother anybody,” said Torres.

The program provides low cost internet to underprivileged families connecting more than 120,000 households in Florida.

Olympic champ Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who was on hand for the event, knows the difference it can make in leveling the playing field for kids in need.

"I think the most important is access,” Kersee said. “We all need access –access to the internet to the world."

To find out if you are eligible for the program, click on this link.

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