Comcast to Offer $10 Broadband, $149 Win7 PCs

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Internet Service Provider (ISP) Comcast has announced it plans to cut the price of its service for families that can demonstrate financial need. The company, which also offers cable TV and telephone service, is calling this new, cheap web plan 'Internet Essentials'.

Comcast's new plan has a lot to do with its recent acquisition of NBC Universal, a deal that was completed earlier this year.

In order to complete the agreement, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stipulated that Comcast would need to make broadband memberships available to 400,000 low-income households at a reasonable rate: $10 per month. (Source:

Low-Cost Service, Computers Both Available

Comcast is now coming through with that requirement, offering broadband service for $9.95 and capable computers for a very reasonable $149.99.

However, those families who are interested in the bargain must meet a number of qualifications:

  • They must live in one of the 39 states where Comcast operates.
  • They must have at least a single child enrolled in the U.S. National School Lunch Program, in which kids receive a free lunch each school day.
  • They must not have subscribed to a Comcast Internet plan in the last 90 days.
  • They must not have an outstanding Comcast bill or any unreturned equipment.

Computer Deal Includes Windows 7 Netbook

Comcast hasn't yet revealed many details about the kind of $150-computer they'll be providing qualifying families.

However, the company has revealed that it will probably be a netbook (meaning it will lack a DVD drive, presumably), and that it will ship with wireless capabilities and a copy of Windows 7 starter edition as well as the Norton Security Suite. Parental control software will also be made available, at no charge.

As for the Internet service, it's reportedly going to reach speeds of 1.5 Mbps (down) and 384 kbps (up). (Source:

The Internet Essentials program will be available this fall. Those interested should call 1-855-8-INTERNET.

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