Earlier this week kicked off the new school year for the Comcast Internet Essentials program, the largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption effort for low-income families in the U.S.  The program has now connected more than six million low-income individuals to the Internet at home, most for the very first time.

In addition, Comcast announced our second biggest expansion ever in eligibility for the program to low-income veterans living in our service area.  Now, as many as one million low-income veterans will be able to apply.  Fewer than 70 percent of low-income veterans have Internet access.  Veterans have stood up for our country and it’s time for us to stand up for them by providing access to life-changing digital tools and resources.

Comcast has had a multi-city tour every year of the program to raise awareness about the importance of broadband adoption.  This year, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists and Team USA hockey players Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando will join us to visit local communities across the country.  Both are passionate advocates for gender equity and will serve as national spokespeople for Internet Essentials.

To learn more about Internet Essentials, and how Comcast is helping students, parents, seniors, and veterans get ready to pursue their dreams and careers, please watch this short video: