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Thousands of families in Southwest Virginia now eligible for high-speed internet

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PHILADELPHIA (WSLS 10) - More than 56,500 low-income households in Virginia now have easier access to the internet.

Today, Comcast and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's ConnectHome initiative announced public housing and HUD-assisted residents living in Comcast's service area are now eligible for Internet Essentials.

Internet Essentials is Comcast's high-speed internet adoption program for low-income families.

ConnectHome strives to ensure students can access the same level of high-speed Internet at home that they have in their classrooms.

"ConnectHome is opening doors of opportunity for our next generation of Americans," said HUD Secretary, Julián Castro.  "Today's announcement has the potential to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of kids across the nation by giving them the tools to reach their full potential.  We're grateful to Comcast for joining the ConnectHome initiative, which has extended its reach to more than 1.5 million children in one short year."

Public housing residents must meet the program's other eligibility criteria:

  • Ability to provide proof that they live in a housing authority property
  • Customer cannot have outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than a year old (families with outstanding debt more than one year old may still be eligible)
  • Customer must not have subscribed to Comcast Internet Service within the last 90 days