This blog post was begrudgingly written by Shawanda Greene – a cantankerous, Comcast customer who’s mad as heck she’s paying $67 a month for high speed internet service.
Periodically, I call my internet service provider to ask them to charge me the same discounted price afforded their precious, new customers.
Sometimes it works.
Sometimes it doesn’t.
But hey, why would a loyal, well paying customer expect fair treatment?
With that said, there are some people who’re eligible for $10, plus tax, high speed internet access.
In order to qualify, you have to:
1. Live in an area where Comcast provides internet service
2. Have at least one child enrolled in the Free School Lunch Program
3. Not have subscribed to Comcast internet service within the last 90 days
4. Not have stiffed Comcast on a previous bill or neglected to return equipment
That’s about it. To learn more about how the program works, check out Internet Essentials.
If Comcast internet service isn’t available in your area, then fret not. Through a joint effort with the FCC and Connect-to-Compete, other broadband companies are gearing up to provide cheap internet service at ten bucks a month for low income families starting in the spring of 2012.
Although I don’t condone the discriminatory practice of charging higher income earners more money for internet service, I can’t keep this news to myself. Just in case you or someone you know may benefit from it.
Supposedly, this doesn’t cost taxpayers anything. Assuming poor kids don’t spend all of their time online proudly weaving together unintelligible sentences on Facebook, the program just might help America become a more competitive force. So, I don’t hate it.
Remember to spread the word to those you think may qualify.
Matter of fact, go ahead and share this post with your Facebook friends and Twitter twiends letting them know this deeply discounted service is out there.
Image Credit: Steve Rhode