Comcast said more than 450,000 low-income families representing 1.8 million people have been connected through its Internet Essentials broadband adoption program, , which provides low-cost service to homes with school-age children. according to the MSO's fourth annual progress report on the program
With 90,000 new family sign-ups in the last six months, Comcast said the period was the best in the program's history.
Comcast has noted, in arguing for its merger with Time Warner Cable, that one of the benefits is extending the Internet Essentials program to TWC systems, a point Comcast executive vice president David Cohen made in blogging about the report.
"We appreciate the incredible support by all of our partners – and look forward to continued success of this program in closing the digital divide following the close of our Time Warner Cable transaction," Cohen said. "Nationally, after less than four years of effort, Internet Essentials has now reached 17 percent of its estimated eligible population."
Comcast also said it has invested more than $225 million to fund digital literacy training and providing more than 38,000 subsidized computers.