With distance learning plans rolling out across Washington state due to the coronavirus, Comcast today announced a new program for schools and nonprofits located in Pierce and Thurston Counties to connect low-income K-12 students to the Internet at home. The “Internet Essentials Partnership Program” is designed to help accelerate Internet adoption at a critical time.
In nearly ten years, Internet Essentials has become the nation’s largest and most successful low-income Internet adoption program and has connected millions of people to the Internet. To-date, more than 62,000 people throughout Pierce and Thurston Counties have benefited for the program. The program offers households low-cost, broadband Internet service for $9.95/month, the option to purchase a heavily subsidized computer, and multiple options for digital literacy training.
The Internet Essentials Partnership Program is supported through public-private collaboration and enables entire communities to work together to coordinate funding to help connect K-12 students at no cost