‘Internet Essentials’ Low-Cost Broadband Event at Seahurst School Saturday


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Cable company Comcast will be holding an ‘Internet Essentials’ focusing on low-cost broadband adoption this Saturday, Sept. 8 at Burien’s Seahurst Elementary School.

Comcast is working in conjunction with the Highline School District, Neighborhood House, Goodwill and New Futures to invite families in the Highline School District to the special event to learn more about how they could qualify for low-cost broadband service.

“The purpose of the event is to let families who have children who are on the national free and reduced lunch program know that they could qualify for low cost broadband service under a program called Internet Essentials,” reads an announcement. “This program was started late last year as a federal requirement following Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal.”

Rumor has it that a TV celeb will show up to entertain the kids – SpongeBob Squarepants!

Program participants receive:

  • Residential Internet service for $9.95 a month plus applicable taxes;
  • No price increases, no activation fees, or equipment rental fees;
  • A voucher to purchase a low-cost computer for $149.99 plus tax; and
  • Access to free digital literacy training in print, online and in-person.

For general information about Internet Essentials, visit www.internetessentials.com for English and visit www.internetbasico.com for Spanish. Educators or third-parties interested in helping to spread the word can find more information at www.internetessentials.com/partner. Parents looking to enroll in the program can call 1-855-846-8376 or, for Spanish, 1-855-765-6995.

Here are the event details:

Begun in the fall of 2011, following completion of Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal, Internet Essentials addresses three primary barriers to broadband adoption that research has identified – a lack of understanding of how the Internet is relevant and useful, the cost of a home computer and the cost of the Internet service.

WHAT: Broadband adoption event, announcing year two of Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, including new enhancements to the program and the latest progress report for Washington State. Comcast worked in conjunction with the Highline School District, Neighborhood House, Goodwill and New Futures to invite families in the Highline School District to the special event to learn more about how they could qualify for low-cost broadband service.

WHO: Kyle McSlarrow, President Comcast NBC Universal; Susan Enfield, Highline Schools Superintendent; Brian Bennett, Mayor of Burien; Will Saunders, Director Broadband Policy and Programs Director, Washington state; families in the Highline School District; and special guest, SpongeBob SquarePants.

WHEN: News conference: 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8th.

WHERE: Seahurst Elementary School gym, 14603 14th Ave SW, Burien.

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