Having internet access in the home is essential for many important opportunities, including:
- Job research and applications
- Health care information
- Online educational opportunities for both children and adults
- Ease of comparing purchase prices and finding the best deals
- Manage finances or research other things that would be a benefit
Low-income households often can’t afford internet access. So, many are left without access to the great resources they can find online.
Internet access for $9.95 a month
To combat the disparity for low-income New Mexicans, six years ago Comcast introduced their Internet Essentials Program (the information is also available in Spanish.) Since the program’s founding, Comcast New Mexico has connected more than 88,000 New Mexicans (in 22,000 households) for $9.95 a month plus tax, most for the first time.
New Mexicans can qualify for the program if they have at least one child who is eligible for the National School Lunch Program, or if they receive HUD housing assistance.
The program also includes an option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for less than $150 and access to free digital literacy training in print, online and in person.
Increased Internet Service Speed
This year, new and existing customers can enjoy increased speeds of up to 15/2 Mbps. This speed is adequate for three devices to stream an HD video at the same time.
Also, participants in the program will receive 40 hours of free WiFi access via Xfinity WiFi hotspots. A hotspot is a wireless connection available outside the home. So, users can take their laptops with them and find a hotspot for internet access. Also, instead of relying on cell data for mobile devices like phones, users can connect to a hotspot.
We’re proud to say that Comcast New Mexico is a partner and member of the NMTC. If you’re interested in becoming a member of NMTC, check out our member page.