One of my biggest callings in life is to take it to “the man”, and there is no bigger or more annoying man out there than Comcast.
I’ve previously highlighted how to avoid Comcast’s modem rental fee, how to replace Comcast’s modem with your own, how to get Comcast discounts, how to negotiate with Comcast, and even how to get rid of Comcast DVR & set top box fees. Well, here’s another way to avoid their excessively overpriced fees.
If you have a child who is eligible for a free or reduced lunch program at school, you can get discounted Internet service ($9.95 per month + tax) from Comcast, along with free wifi, and a discounted netbook for $149.99 through a program called “Internet Essentials“.
In order for a household to be eligible for Internet Essentials, it must meet each of the four following criteria:
- Qualify for programs like the National School Lunch Program, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, federal Pell Grant, and others.
- Live in an area where Comcast Internet service is available
- Have not had Comcast Internet in the last 90 days
- Households who owe money to Comcast may still qualify if approved by 06/30/22
So, if you meet the above criteria, $9.95 per month Internet is yours for the taking (and with the FCC’s new federal monthly internet subsidy, it could be free, for a limited time). If you weren’t aware of the free or reduced lunch program, the reduced (and hence, the discounted internet service) are highlighted via these guidelines.
Just don’t expect Comcast to crank up the speeds for you though – download speeds are capped at 25 Mbps.
Their slowest internet speeds at a price that likely is still above their cost to give you service while they relentlessly try to sell low income households (with kids) overpriced cable and digital voice service? Not to mention, the program was required by the FCC as part of their NBC Universal agreement. Mashable explains,
While this project seems like a goodwill initiative on part of the giant communications provider, it is actually a by-product of the Comcast-NBC merger, in which the company agreed to “increase broadband deployment in low income households” as one of a number of conditions to the acquisition.
If you’re elderly, single, or childless and low income – sorry.
You didn’t think Comcast would actually give something away for the greater good, did you?
If you meet the criteria, minus the 90-day eligibility requirement, do yourself a favor and cancel your Comcast internet service today so that you can get discounted service 90 days from now.