On Friday, Comcast and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) ConnectHome initiative announced Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest high-speed Internet program for low-income families, is expanding eligibility to include public housing and HUD-assisted residents living in Comcast’s service area. This means that an estimated total of up to 2 million HUD-assisted homes, including Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, and Multifamily programs, will now have access to high-speed Internet for $9.95 + tax a month, a discounted computer for less than $150, and free digital literacy classes.

You can read more from their blog post and press release. There’s a really great video on the blog post that speaks to the program.

This is the largest expansion of the Internet Essentials program, and they are thrilled to share this with those in the Middle Tennessee service area. Comcast recognizes the power of the Internet to  change the lives of those families from applying for jobs to paying bills to sharing photos with loved ones.

David Cohen, Comcast Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer stated: “This effort is not only about building a bridge to help more Americans cross the digital divide, but it’s also about helping people use the Internet to climb up the economic ladder – to a better education and a better job that will help them achieve their dreams and help end the cycle of poverty.”