Comcast announced today that any tier of its Xfinity Internet service is eligible for the $30 a month benefit through the company’s participation in the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).
ACP pays up to $30 a month toward the cost of broadband for low-income households ($75 monthly on tribal lands) and offers up to $100 per low-income households toward the cost of a tablet, laptop or desktop computer, provided that the household contributes between $10 and $50 toward the cost of the device. Ten million people had enrolled in the program as of mid-January.
AT&T earlier announced its participation in the program.
To receive the benefit from Comcast, customers can sign up for Xfinity Essentials Plus service, which will cost nothing after the ACP credit. Essentials Plus, which normally costs $29.95 monthly, offers 100 Mbps download speeds, a cable modem and a WiFi router. Customers also can use their ACP discount toward Xfinity Mobile.
Comcast noted that its participation in the program extends the company’s work with government, community partners, and businesses to help low-income households connect to the Internet.
“As a company and a society, it is imperative that we work together to help people connect to the transformative power of the Internet both at home and on the go,” said Broderick Johnson, Comcast executive vice president, public policy and digital equity, in a prepared statement. “The Affordable Connectivity Program is a once in a lifetime opportunity that Comcast is proud to support. Connectivity is just the beginning, however. We will continue to partner with nonprofit organizations across the country to deliver digital literacy skills training so more people can learn how to take full advantage of everything the Internet has to offer.”